Enumerable.SequenceEqual<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>)

Determines whether two sequences are equal by comparing their elements by using a specified IEqualityComparer<T>.

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

public static bool SequenceEqual<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> first,
	IEnumerable<TSource> second,
	IEqualityComparer<TSource> comparer

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of the input sequences.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
An IEnumerable<T> to compare to second.
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
An IEnumerable<T> to compare to the first sequence.
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<TSource>
An IEqualityComparer<T> to use to compare elements.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the two source sequences are of equal length and their corresponding elements compare equal according to comparer; otherwise, false.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable<TSource>. When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter.


first or second is null.


source has more than one element.

The SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>) method enumerates the two source sequences in parallel and compares corresponding elements by using the specified IEqualityComparer<T>. If comparer is null, the default equality comparer, Default, is used to compare elements.

The following example shows how to implement an equality comparer that can be used in the SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>) method.

public class Product
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public int Code { get; set; }

// Custom comparer for the Product class
class ProductComparer : IEqualityComparer<Product>
    // Products are equal if their names and product numbers are equal.
    public bool Equals(Product x, Product y)

        //Check whether the compared objects reference the same data.
        if (Object.ReferenceEquals(x, y)) return true;

        //Check whether any of the compared objects is null.
        if (Object.ReferenceEquals(x, null) || Object.ReferenceEquals(y, null))
            return false;

        //Check whether the products' properties are equal.
        return x.Code == y.Code && x.Name == y.Name;

    // If Equals() returns true for a pair of objects 
    // then GetHashCode() must return the same value for these objects.

    public int GetHashCode(Product product)
        //Check whether the object is null
        if (Object.ReferenceEquals(product, null)) return 0;

        //Get hash code for the Name field if it is not null.
        int hashProductName = product.Name == null ? 0 : product.Name.GetHashCode();

        //Get hash code for the Code field.
        int hashProductCode = product.Code.GetHashCode();

        //Calculate the hash code for the product.
        return hashProductName ^ hashProductCode;


After you implement this comparer, you can use sequences of Product objects in the SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>) method, as shown in the following example.

        Product[] storeA = { new Product { Name = "apple", Code = 9 }, 
                               new Product { Name = "orange", Code = 4 } };

        Product[] storeB = { new Product { Name = "apple", Code = 9 }, 
                               new Product { Name = "orange", Code = 4 } };

        bool equalAB = storeA.SequenceEqual(storeB, new ProductComparer());

        outputBlock.Text += "Equal? " + equalAB + "\n";

            This code produces the following output:

            Equal? True


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: Xbox 360, 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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