Expression.Property Method (Expression, String)

Creates a MemberExpression that represents accessing a property.

Namespace:  System.Linq.Expressions
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static MemberExpression Property(
	Expression expression,
	string propertyName


Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression
An Expression whose Type contains a property named propertyName. This can be null for static properties.
Type: System.String
The name of a property to be accessed.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.Expressions.MemberExpression
A MemberExpression that has the NodeType property equal to MemberAccess, the Expression property set to expression, and the Member property set to the PropertyInfo that represents the property denoted by propertyName.


expression or propertyName is null.


No property named propertyName is defined in expression.Type or its base types.

The Type property of the resulting MemberExpression is equal to the PropertyType property of the PropertyInfo that represents the property denoted by propertyName.

This method searches expression.Type and its base types for a property that has the name propertyName. Public properties are given preference over non-public properties. If a matching property is found, this method passes expression and the PropertyInfo that represents that property to Property.

The following example shows how to create an expression that represents accessing a property.

    // Add the following directive to your file:
    // using System.Linq.Expressions;  

    class TestPropertyClass
       public int sample { get; set; }

    static void TestProperty(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
       TestPropertyClass obj = new TestPropertyClass();
       obj.sample = 40;

       // This expression represents accessing a property.
       // For static fields, the first parameter must be null.
       Expression propertyExpr = Expression.Property(

       // The following statement first creates an expression tree,
       // then compiles it, and then runs it.
       outputBlock.Text += Expression.Lambda<Func<int>>(propertyExpr).Compile()() + "\n";

    // This code example produces the following output:
    // 40


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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