AttributeTargets Enumeration
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AttributeTargets Enumeration

 

Specifies the application elements on which it is valid to apply an attribute.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

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

[SerializableAttribute]
[FlagsAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public enum AttributeTargets

Member nameDescription
All

Attribute can be applied to any application element.

Assembly

Attribute can be applied to an assembly.

Class

Attribute can be applied to a class.

Constructor

Attribute can be applied to a constructor.

Delegate

Attribute can be applied to a delegate.

Enum

Attribute can be applied to an enumeration.

Event

Attribute can be applied to an event.

Field

Attribute can be applied to a field.

GenericParameter

Attribute can be applied to a generic parameter.

Interface

Attribute can be applied to an interface.

Method

Attribute can be applied to a method.

Module

Attribute can be applied to a module.

Parameter

Attribute can be applied to a parameter.

Property

Attribute can be applied to a property.

ReturnValue

Attribute can be applied to a return value.

Struct

Attribute can be applied to a structure; that is, a value type.

The AttributeUsageAttribute class uses this enumeration to specify the kind of element on which it is valid to apply an attribute.

AttributeTargets enumeration values can be combined with a bitwise OR operation to get the preferred combination.

The following example illustrates the application of attributes to various targets.

System_CAPS_noteNote

Visual Basic and Visual C++ syntax currently do not support the application of attributes to type parameters.

using System;

namespace AttTargsCS {
    // This attribute is only valid on a class.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Class)]
    public class ClassTargetAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    // This attribute is only valid on a method.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Method)]
    public class MethodTargetAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    // This attribute is only valid on a constructor.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Constructor)]
    public class ConstructorTargetAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    // This attribute is only valid on a field.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Field)]
    public class FieldTargetAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    // This attribute is valid on a class or a method.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Method)]
    public class ClassMethodTargetAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    // This attribute is valid on a generic type parameter.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.GenericParameter)]
    public class GenericParameterTargetAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    // This attribute is valid on any target.
    [AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.All)]
    public class AllTargetsAttribute : Attribute {
    }

    [ClassTarget]
    [ClassMethodTarget]
    [AllTargets]
    public class TestClassAttribute {
        [ConstructorTarget]
        [AllTargets]
        TestClassAttribute() {
        }

        [MethodTarget]
        [ClassMethodTarget]
        [AllTargets]
        public void Method1() {
        }

        [FieldTarget]
        [AllTargets]
        public int myInt;

        public void GenericMethod<
            [GenericParameterTarget, AllTargets] T>(T x) {
        }

        static void Main(string[] args) {
        }
    }
}

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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