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Enum.GetNames Method

Retrieves an array of the names of the constants in a specified enumeration.

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

public static string[] GetNames(
	Type enumType


Type: System.Type
An enumeration type.

Return Value

Type: System.String[]
A string array of the names of the constants in enumType.


enumType is null.


enumType parameter is not an Enum.

The elements of the return value array are sorted by the binary values of the enumerated constants (that is, by their unsigned magnitude). The following example displays information about the array returned by the GetNames method for an enumeration that includes a negative, zero, and positive value.

using System;

enum SignMagnitude { Negative = -1, Zero = 0, Positive = 1 };

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      foreach (var name in Enum.GetNames(typeof(SignMagnitude))) {
         Console.WriteLine("{0,3:D}     0x{0:X}     {1}",
                           Enum.Parse(typeof(SignMagnitude), name),
}   }
// The example displays the following output:
//         0     0x00000000     Zero
//         1     0x00000001     Positive
//        -1     0xFFFFFFFF     Negative

If there are enumerated constants with same value, the order of their corresponding names is unspecified.

The following example illustrates the use of GetNames.

using System;

public class GetNamesTest {
    enum Colors { Red, Green, Blue, Yellow };
    enum Styles { Plaid, Striped, Tartan, Corduroy };

    public static void Main() {

        Console.WriteLine("The members of the Colors enum are:");
        foreach(string s in Enum.GetNames(typeof(Colors)))


        Console.WriteLine("The members of the Styles enum are:");
        foreach(string s in Enum.GetNames(typeof(Styles)))
// The example displays the following output:
//       The members of the Colors enum are:
//       Red
//       Green
//       Blue
//       Yellow
//       The members of the Styles enum are:
//       Plaid
//       Striped
//       Tartan
//       Corduroy

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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