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Enum.HasFlag Method

Determines whether one or more bit fields are set in the current instance.

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

public bool HasFlag(
	Enum flag


Type: System.Enum
An enumeration value.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the bit field or bit fields that are set in flag are also set in the current instance; otherwise, false.


flag is a different type than the current instance.

The HasFlag method returns the result of the following Boolean expression.

thisInstance And flag = flag 

If the underlying value of flag is zero, the method returns true. If this behavior is not desirable, you can use the Equals method to test for equality with zero and call HasFlag only if the underlying value of flag is non-zero, as the following example illustrates.

using System;

[Flags] public enum Pet {
   None = 0,
   Dog = 1,
   Cat = 2,
   Bird = 4,
   Rabbit = 8,
   Other = 16

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      Pet[] petsInFamilies = { Pet.None, Pet.Dog | Pet.Cat, Pet.Dog };
      int familiesWithoutPets = 0;
      int familiesWithDog = 0;

      foreach (Pet petsInFamily in petsInFamilies)
         // Count families that have no pets.
         if (petsInFamily.Equals(Pet.None))
         // Of families with pets, count families that have a dog.
         else if (petsInFamily.HasFlag(Pet.Dog))
      Console.WriteLine("{0} of {1} families in the sample have no pets.", 
                        familiesWithoutPets, petsInFamilies.Length);   
      Console.WriteLine("{0} of {1} families in the sample have a dog.", 
                        familiesWithDog, petsInFamilies.Length);   
// The example displays the following output:
//       1 of 3 families in the sample have no pets.
//       2 of 3 families in the sample have a dog.

The HasFlag method is designed to be used with enumeration types that are marked with the FlagsAttribute attribute. For enumeration types that are not marked with the FlagsAttribute attribute, call either the Equals method or the CompareTo method.

The following example defines an ItemsOrdered enumeration that reflects categories of items that a customer can order in a restaurant. The example tests whether the customer has ordered both an entrée and a beverage.

using System;

[Flags] public enum DinnerItems {
   None = 0,
   Entree = 1,
   Appetizer = 2,
   Side = 4,
   Dessert = 8,
   Beverage = 16, 
   BarBeverage = 32

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      DinnerItems myOrder = DinnerItems.Appetizer | DinnerItems.Entree |
                            DinnerItems.Beverage | DinnerItems.Dessert;
      DinnerItems flagValue = DinnerItems.Entree | DinnerItems.Beverage;
      Console.WriteLine("{0} includes {1}: {2}", 
                        myOrder, flagValue, myOrder.HasFlag(flagValue));
// The example displays the following output:
//    Entree, Appetizer, Dessert, Beverage includes Entree, Beverage: True

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.