MemberInfo.GetCustomAttributes Method (Boolean)


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When overridden in a derived class, returns an array of all custom attributes applied to this member.

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

Public MustOverride Function GetCustomAttributes (
	inherit As Boolean
) As Object()


Type: System.Boolean

true to search this member's inheritance chain to find the attributes; otherwise, false. This parameter is ignored for properties and events; see Remarks.

Return Value

Type: System.Object()

An array that contains all the custom attributes applied to this member, or an array with zero elements if no attributes are defined.

Exception Condition

This member belongs to a type that is loaded into the reflection-only context. See How to: Load Assemblies into the Reflection-Only Context.


A custom attribute type could not be loaded.

This method ignores the inherit parameter for properties and events. To search the inheritance chain for attributes on properties and events, use the appropriate overloads of the Attribute.GetCustomAttributes method.


   In the .NET Framework version 2.0, this method returns security attributes on methods, constructors, and types if they are stored in the new metadata format. Assemblies compiled with version 2.0 use this format. Dynamic assemblies and assemblies compiled with earlier versions of the .NET Framework use the old XML format. See Emitting Declarative Security Attributes.

The following example defines a custom attribute and associates the attribute with MyClass.MyMethod, retrieves the attribute at run time, and displays the result.

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

' Define a custom attribute with one named parameter.
<AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.All)> Public Class MyAttribute
    Inherits Attribute
    Private myName As String

    Public Sub New(ByVal name As String)
        myName = name
    End Sub 'NewNew

    Public ReadOnly Property Name() As String
            Return myName
        End Get
    End Property
End Class 'MyAttribute

' Define a class that has the custom attribute associated with one of its members.
Public Class MyClass1

    <MyAttribute("This is an example attribute.")> Public Sub MyMethod(ByVal i As Integer)
    End Sub 'MyMethod
End Class 'MyClass1

Public Class MemberInfo_GetCustomAttributes

    Public Shared Sub Main()
            ' Get the type of MyClass1.
            Dim myType As Type = GetType(MyClass1)
            ' Get the members associated with MyClass1.
            Dim myMembers As MemberInfo() = myType.GetMembers()

            ' Display the attributes for each of the members of MyClass1.
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To myMembers.Length - 1
                Dim myAttributes As [Object]() = myMembers(i).GetCustomAttributes(False)
                If myAttributes.Length > 0 Then
                    Console.WriteLine("The attributes for the member {0} are: ", myMembers(i))
                    Dim j As Integer
                    For j = 0 To myAttributes.Length - 1
                        Console.WriteLine("The type of the attribute is: {0}", myAttributes(j))
                    Next j
                End If
            Next i
        Catch e As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("An exception occurred: {0}.", e.Message)
        End Try
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'MemberInfo_GetCustomAttributes

.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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