MetadataTypeAttribute Class


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Specifies the metadata class to associate with a data model class.

Namespace:   System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations
Assembly:  System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations (in System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations.dll)


[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class, AllowMultiple = false)]
public sealed class MetadataTypeAttribute : Attribute


Initializes a new instance of the MetadataTypeAttribute class.


Gets the metadata class that is associated with a data-model partial class.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

The MetadataTypeAttribute attribute enables you to associate a class with a data-model partial class. In this associated class you provide additional metadata information that is not in the data model.

For example, in the associated class you can apply the RequiredAttribute attribute to a data field. This enforces that a value is provided for the field even if this constraint is not required by the database schema.

You use the MetadataTypeAttribute attribute as follows:

  • In your application, create a file in which you create the data-model partial class that you want to modify.

  • Create the associated metadata class.

  • Apply the MetadataTypeAttribute attribute to the partial entity class, specifying the associated class.

When you apply this attribute, you must adhere to the following usage constraints:

  • The attribute can only be applied to a class.

  • The attribute cannot be inherited by derived classes.

  • The attribute can be applied only one time.

The following example shows how to use the MetadataTypeAttribute to associate a metadata class with an entity partial class. The example applies the RequiredAttribute attribute to a data field to show how to provide additional information in the associated metadata class.

using System;
using System.Web.DynamicData;
using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;

public partial class Customer


public class CustomerMetaData
    // Apply RequiredAttribute
    [Required(ErrorMessage = "Title is required.")]
    public object Title;


.NET Framework
Available since 3.5

Any public static ( Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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