Enum::GetName Method (Type^, Object^)


Retrieves the name of the constant in the specified enumeration that has the specified value.

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

static String^ GetName(
	Type^ enumType,
	Object^ value


Type: System::Type^

An enumeration type.

Type: System::Object^

The value of a particular enumerated constant in terms of its underlying type.

Return Value

Type: System::String^

A string containing the name of the enumerated constant in enumType whose value is value; or null if no such constant is found.

Exception Condition

enumType or value is null.


enumType is not an Enum.


value is neither of type enumType nor does it have the same underlying type as enumType.

If multiple enumeration members have the same underlying value, the GetName method guarantees that it will return the name of one of those enumeration members. However, it does not guarantee that it will always return the name of the same enumeration member. As a result, when multiple enumeration members have the same value, your application code should never depend on the method returning a particular member's name.

The following example illustrates the use of GetName.

using namespace System;

enum class Colors
   Red, Green, Blue, Yellow

enum class Styles
   Plaid, Striped, Tartan, Corduroy

int main()
   Console::WriteLine(  "The 4th value of the Colors Enum is {0}", Enum::GetName( Colors::typeid, 3 ) );
   Console::WriteLine(  "The 4th value of the Styles Enum is {0}", Enum::GetName( Styles::typeid, 3 ) );
// The example displays the following output:
//       The 4th value of the Colors Enum is Yellow
//       The 4th value of the Styles Enum is Corduroy

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.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
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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