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TypeConverterAttribute Class

Specifies what type to use as a converter for the object this attribute is bound to. This class cannot be inherited.

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

public sealed class TypeConverterAttribute : Attribute

The class you use for conversion must inherit from TypeConverter. Use the ConverterTypeName property to get the name of the class that provides the data conversion for the object this attribute is bound to.

For more information about attributes, see Attributes Overview and Extending Metadata Using Attributes. For more information about type converters, see the TypeConverter base class and How to: Implement a Type Converter.

The following example tells MyClass to use the type converter called MyClassConverter. This example assumes that MyClassConverter has been implemented elsewhere. The class implementing the converter (MyClassConverter) must inherit from the TypeConverter class.

 public class MyClass {
    // Insert code here.

The next example creates an instance of MyClass. Then it gets the attributes for the class, and prints the name of the type converter used by MyClass.

public static int Main() {
    // Creates a new instance of MyClass.
    MyClass myNewClass = new MyClass();

    // Gets the attributes for the instance.
    AttributeCollection attributes = TypeDescriptor.GetAttributes(myNewClass);

    /* Prints the name of the type converter by retrieving the 
     * TypeConverterAttribute from the AttributeCollection. */
    TypeConverterAttribute myAttribute = 

    Console.WriteLine("The type conveter for this class is: " + 

    return 0;


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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0