ElementAtOrDefault(TSource) Method

Enumerable.ElementAtOrDefault<TSource> Method

Returns the element at a specified index in a sequence or a default value if the index is out of range.

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

public static TSource ElementAtOrDefault<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	int index

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>
An IEnumerable<T> to return an element from.
Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index of the element to retrieve.

Return Value

Type: TSource
default(TSource) if the index is outside the bounds of the source sequence; otherwise, the element at the specified position in the source sequence.

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.


source is null.

If the type of source implements IList<T>, that implementation is used to obtain the element at the specified index. Otherwise, this method obtains the specified element.

The default value for reference and nullable types is null.

The following code example demonstrates how to use ElementAtOrDefault<TSource>. This example uses an index that is outside the bounds of the array.

      string[] names =
             { "Hartono, Tommy", "Adams, Terry", "Andersen, Henriette Thaulow",
                 "Hedlund, Magnus", "Ito, Shu" };

      int index = 20;

      string name = names.ElementAtOrDefault(index);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
          "The name chosen at index {0} is '{1}'.",
          String.IsNullOrEmpty(name) ? "<no name at this index>" : name) + "\n";

       This code produces the following output:

       The name chosen at index 20 is '<no name at this index>'.


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

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