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Queryable.GroupBy<TSource, TKey> Method (IQueryable<TSource>, Expression<Func<TSource, TKey>>, IEqualityComparer<TKey>)

Groups the elements of a sequence according to a specified key selector function and compares the keys by using a specified comparer.

Namespace:  System.Linq
Assemblies:   System.Linq.Queryable (in System.Linq.Queryable.dll)
  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static IQueryable<IGrouping<TKey, TSource>> GroupBy<TSource, TKey>(
	this IQueryable<TSource> source,
	Expression<Func<TSource, TKey>> keySelector,
	IEqualityComparer<TKey> comparer
)

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

TKey

The type of the key returned by the function represented in keySelector.

Parameters

source
Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<TSource>

An IQueryable<T> whose elements to group.

keySelector
Type: System.Linq.Expressions.Expression<Func<TSource, TKey>>

A function to extract the key for each element.

comparer
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<TKey>

An IEqualityComparer<T> to compare keys.

Return Value

Type: System.Linq.IQueryable<IGrouping<TKey, TSource>>
An IQueryable<IGrouping<TKey, TSource>> in C# or IQueryable(Of IGrouping(Of TKey, TSource)) in Visual Basic where each IGrouping<TKey, TElement> contains a sequence of objects and a key.

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. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

source or keySelector or comparer is null.

This method has at least one parameter of type Expression<TDelegate> whose type argument is one of the Func<T, TResult> types. For these parameters, you can pass in a lambda expression and it will be compiled to an Expression<TDelegate>.

The GroupBy<TSource, TKey>(IQueryable<TSource>, Expression<Func<TSource, TKey>>, IEqualityComparer<TKey>) method generates a MethodCallExpression that represents calling GroupBy<TSource, TKey>(IQueryable<TSource>, Expression<Func<TSource, TKey>>, IEqualityComparer<TKey>) itself as a constructed generic method. It then passes the MethodCallExpression to the CreateQuery<TElement>(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 GroupBy<TSource, TKey>(IQueryable<TSource>, Expression<Func<TSource, TKey>>, IEqualityComparer<TKey>) depends on the implementation of the type of the source parameter. The expected behavior is that it groups the elements of source by a key value. The key value is obtained by invoking keySelector on each element, and key values are compared by using comparer.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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