Compiler Error CS0050


Updated: July 20, 2015

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Inconsistent accessibility: return type 'type' is less accessible than method 'method'

The return type and each of the types referenced in the formal parameter list of a method must be at least as accessible as the method itself. For more information, see Access Modifiers.

The following sample generates CS0050 because no accessiblity modifier is supplied for MyClass and its accessibility therefore defaults to private.

// CS0050.cs  
class MyClass //accessibility defaults to private  
// try the following line instead  
// public class MyClass   
public class MyClass2  
    public static MyClass MyMethod()   // CS0050  
        return new MyClass();  
    public static void Main() { }