Attribute.GetCustomAttributes Method (ParameterInfo, Type, Boolean)


Retrieves an array of the custom attributes applied to a method parameter. Parameters specify the method parameter, the type of the custom attribute to search for, and whether to search ancestors of the method parameter.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Shared Function GetCustomAttributes (
	element As ParameterInfo,
	attributeType As Type,
	inherit As Boolean
) As Attribute()


Type: System.Reflection.ParameterInfo

An object derived from the ParameterInfo class that describes a parameter of a member of a class.

Type: System.Type

The type, or a base type, of the custom attribute to search for.

Type: System.Boolean

If true, specifies to also search the ancestors of element for custom attributes.

Return Value

Type: System.Attribute()

An Attribute array that contains the custom attributes of type attributeType applied to element, or an empty array if no such custom attributes exist.

Exception Condition

element or attributeType is null.


attributeType is not derived from Attribute.


A custom attribute type cannot be loaded.

If element represents a parameter in a method of a derived type, the return value includes the inheritable custom attributes applied to the same parameter in the overridden base methods.

The following code example demonstrates the use of GetCustomAttributes, taking a ParameterInfo as a parameter.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.ComponentModel

Module DemoModule
    Public Class AClass
        ' Add Description and ParamArray (with the keyword) attributes.
        Public Sub ParamArrayAndDesc( _
            <Description("This argument is a ParamArray")> _
            ByVal ParamArray args() As Integer)
        End Sub
    End Class

    Sub Main()
        ' Get the Class type to access its metadata.
        Dim clsType As Type = GetType(AClass)
        ' Get the type information for the method.
        Dim mInfo As MethodInfo = clsType.GetMethod("ParamArrayAndDesc")
        ' Get the Parameter information for the method.
        Dim pInfo() As ParameterInfo = mInfo.GetParameters()
        Dim attr As Attribute
        ' Iterate through each attribute of the parameter.
        For Each attr In Attribute.GetCustomAttributes(pInfo(0))
            ' Check for the ParamArray attribute.
            If TypeOf attr Is ParamArrayAttribute Then
                ' Convert the attribute to access its data.
                Dim paAttr As ParamArrayAttribute = _
                    CType(attr, ParamArrayAttribute)
                Console.WriteLine("Parameter {0} has the " + _
                    "ParamArray attribute.", pInfo(0).Name)
            ' Check for the Description attribute.
            ElseIf TypeOf attr Is DescriptionAttribute Then
                ' Convert the attribute to access its data.
                Dim descAttr As DescriptionAttribute = _
                    CType(attr, DescriptionAttribute)
                Console.WriteLine("Parameter {0} has a description " + _
                    "attribute. The description is:", pInfo(0).Name)
            End If
    End Sub
End Module

' Output:
' Parameter args has a description attribute. The description is:
' This argument is a ParamArray
' Parameter args has the ParamArray attribute.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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