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

Returns the number of elements in a sequence.

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

public static int Count<TSource>(
	this IQueryable<TSource> source

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<TSource>
The IQueryable<T> that contains the elements to be counted.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of elements in the input sequence.

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 number of elements in source is larger than MaxValue.

The Count<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling Count<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 Count<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it counts the number of items in source.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Count<TSource>(IQueryable<TSource>) to count the elements in a sequence.

         string[] fruits = { "apple", "banana", "mango", 
                                "orange", "passionfruit", "grape" };

         int numberOfFruits = fruits.AsQueryable().Count();

         outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
             "There are {0} items in the array.",
             numberOfFruits) + "\n";

         // This code produces the following output:
         // There are 6 items in the array. 


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1

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