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Enum.GetValues Method

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

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

public static Array GetValues(
	Type enumType


Type: System.Type
The enumeration type to retrieve values from.

Return Value

Type: System.Array
An array that contains the values of the constants in enumType.


enumType is null.


enumType is not an Enum.

The elements of the array are sorted by the binary values of the enumeration constants (that is, by their unsigned magnitude). The following example displays information about the array returned by the GetValues 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 value in Enum.GetValues(typeof(SignMagnitude))) {
         Console.WriteLine("{0,3}     0x{0:X8}     {1}",
                           (int) value, ((SignMagnitude) value));
}   }
// The example displays the following output:
//         0     0x00000000     Zero
//         1     0x00000001     Positive
//        -1     0xFFFFFFFF     Negative

The GetValues method returns an array that contains a value for each member of the enumType enumeration. If multiple members have the same value, the returned array includes duplicate values. In this case, calling the GetName method with each value in the returned array does not restore the unique names assigned to members that have duplicate values. To retrieve all the names of enumeration members successfully, call the GetNames method.

The following example illustrates how to use GetValues.

using System;

public class GetValuesTest {
    enum Colors { Red, Green, Blue, Yellow };
    enum Styles { Plaid = 0, Striped = 23, Tartan = 65, Corduroy = 78 };

    public static void Main() {

        Console.WriteLine("The values of the Colors Enum are:");
        foreach(int i in Enum.GetValues(typeof(Colors)))


        Console.WriteLine("The values of the Styles Enum are:");
        foreach(int i in Enum.GetValues(typeof(Styles)))
// The example produces the following output:
//       The values of the Colors Enum are:
//       0
//       1
//       2
//       3
//       The values of the Styles Enum are:
//       0
//       23
//       65
//       78

.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.