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IGrouping<TKey, TElement>.Key Property

Gets the key of the IGrouping<TKey, TElement>.

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

TKey Key { get; }

Property Value

Type: TKey
The key of the IGrouping<TKey, TElement>.

The key of an IGrouping<TKey, TElement> represents the attribute that is common to each value in the IGrouping<TKey, TElement>.

The following example demonstrates how to use the Key property to label each IGrouping<TKey, TElement> object in a sequence of IGrouping<TKey, TElement> objects. The GroupBy<TSource, TKey>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource, TKey>) method is used to obtain a sequence of IGrouping<TKey, TElement> objects. The foreach in Visual C# or For Each in Visual Basic loop then iterates through each IGrouping<TKey, TElement> object, outputting its key and the number of values it contains.

// Get a sequence of IGrouping objects.
IEnumerable<IGrouping<System.Reflection.MemberTypes, System.Reflection.MemberInfo>> memberQuery =
    typeof(String).GetMembers().
    GroupBy(member => member.MemberType);

// Output the key of each IGrouping object and the count of values. 
foreach (IGrouping<System.Reflection.MemberTypes, System.Reflection.MemberInfo> group in memberQuery)
    Console.WriteLine("(Key) {0} (Member count) {1}", group.Key, group.Count());

// The output is similar to: 
// (Key) Method (Member count) 113 
// (Key) Constructor (Member count) 8 
// (Key) Property (Member count) 2 
// (Key) Field (Member count) 1

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

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