Queryable.Any<TSource> Method (IQueryable<TSource>)

Determines whether a sequence contains any elements.

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

public static bool Any<TSource>(
	this IQueryable<TSource> source

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<TSource>
A sequence to check for being empty.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the source sequence contains any elements; otherwise, false.

Usage Note

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


source is null.

The Any<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling Any<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) itself as a constructed generic method. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the Execute<TResult>(Expression) method of the IQueryProvider represented by the Provider property of the source parameter.

The query behavior that occurs as a result of executing an expression tree that represents calling Any<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it determines if source contains any elements.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Any<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) to determine whether a sequence contains any elements.

            List<int> numbers = new List<int> { 1, 2 };

            // Determine if the list contains any elements.
            bool hasElements = numbers.AsQueryable().Any();

            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The list {0} empty.",
                hasElements ? "is not" : "is") + "\n";

            // This code produces the following output:
            // The list is not empty. 

The Boolean value that the Any<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) method returns is typically used in the predicate of a where clause (Where clause in Visual Basic) or a direct call to the Where<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>, Expression<Func<TSource, Boolean>>) method. The following example demonstrates this use of the Any method.

class Pet
   public string Name { get; set; }
   public int Age { get; set; }
class Person
   public string LastName { get; set; }
   public Pet[] Pets { get; set; }

public static void AnyEx2()
   List<Person> people = new List<Person>
           { new Person { LastName = "Haas",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { new Pet { Name="Barley", Age=10 },
                                             new Pet { Name="Boots", Age=14 },
                                             new Pet { Name="Whiskers", Age=6 }}},
             new Person { LastName = "Fakhouri",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { new Pet { Name = "Snowball", Age = 1}}},
             new Person { LastName = "Antebi",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { }},
             new Person { LastName = "Philips",
                          Pets = new Pet[] { new Pet { Name = "Sweetie", Age = 2},
                                             new Pet { Name = "Rover", Age = 13}} }

   // Determine which people have a non-empty Pet array.
   IEnumerable<string> names = from person in people
                               where person.Pets.AsQueryable().Any()
                               select person.LastName;

   foreach (string name in names)
      outputBlock.Text += name + "\n";

   /* This code produces the following output:



Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1

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