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SortedList<TKey, TValue>.TryGetValue Method

Gets the value associated with the specified key.

Namespace:  System.Collections.Generic
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public bool TryGetValue(
	TKey key,
	out TValue value


Type: TKey

The key whose value to get.

Type: TValue%

When this method returns, the value associated with the specified key, if the key is found; otherwise, the default value for the type of the value parameter. This parameter is passed uninitialized.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the SortedList<TKey, TValue> contains an element with the specified key; otherwise, false.


IDictionary<TKey, TValue>.TryGetValue(TKey, TValue)


key is null.

This method combines the functionality of the ContainsKey method and the Item property.

If the key is not found, then the value parameter gets the appropriate default value for the value type TValue; for example, zero (0) for integer types, false for Boolean types, and null for reference types.

This method performs a binary search; therefore, this method is an O(log n) operation, where n is Count.

The example shows how to use the TryGetValue method as a more efficient way to retrieve values in a program that frequently tries keys that are not in the sorted list. For contrast, the example also shows how the Item property (the indexer in C#) throws exceptions when attempting to retrieve nonexistent keys.

This code example is part of a larger example provided for the SortedList<TKey, TValue> class.

// When a program often has to try keys that turn out not to
// be in the list, TryGetValue can be a more efficient 
// way to retrieve values.
string value = "";
if (openWith.TryGetValue("tif", out value))
    Console.WriteLine("For key = \"tif\", value = {0}.", value);
    Console.WriteLine("Key = \"tif\" is not found.");


// The indexer throws an exception if the requested key is
// not in the list.
    Console.WriteLine("For key = \"tif\", value = {0}.", 
catch (KeyNotFoundException)
    Console.WriteLine("Key = \"tif\" is not found.");

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0