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Type.GetConstructor Method (Type[])

Searches for a public instance constructor whose parameters match the types in the specified array.

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

[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public ConstructorInfo GetConstructor(
	Type[] types
)

Parameters

types
Type: System.Type[]

An array of Type objects representing the number, order, and type of the parameters for the desired constructor.

-or-

An empty array of Type objects, to get a constructor that takes no parameters. Such an empty array is provided by the static field Type.EmptyTypes.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.ConstructorInfo
An object representing the public instance constructor whose parameters match the types in the parameter type array, if found; otherwise, null.

Implements

_Type.GetConstructor(Type[])

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

types is null.

-or-

One of the elements in types is null.

ArgumentException

types is multidimensional.

This method overload looks for public instance constructors and cannot be used to obtain a class initializer (.cctor). To get a class initializer, use an overload that takes BindingFlags, and specify BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.NonPublic (BindingFlags.Static Or BindingFlags.NonPublic in Visual Basic). You can also get the class initializer using the TypeInitializer property.

If the requested constructor is non-public, this method returns null.

NoteNote

You cannot omit parameters when looking up constructors and methods. You can only omit parameters when invoking.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the ConstructorInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments. If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method always returns null.

The following example obtains the type of MyClass, gets the ConstructorInfo object, and displays the constructor signature.


using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Security;

public class MyClass1
{
    public MyClass1(){}
    public MyClass1(int i){}

    public static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            Type myType = typeof(MyClass1);
            Type[] types = new Type[1];
            types[0] = typeof(int);
            // Get the constructor that takes an integer as a parameter.
            ConstructorInfo constructorInfoObj = myType.GetConstructor(types);
            if (constructorInfoObj != null)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The constructor of MyClass1 that takes an " + 
                    "integer as a parameter is: "); 
                Console.WriteLine(constructorInfoObj.ToString());
            }
            else
            {
                Console.WriteLine("The constructor of MyClass1 that takes an integer " +
                    "as a parameter is not available."); 
            }
        }
        catch(Exception e)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Exception caught.");
            Console.WriteLine("Source: " + e.Source);
            Console.WriteLine("Message: " + e.Message);
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.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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