Exception.GetObjectData Method

When overridden in a derived class, sets the SerializationInfo with information about the exception.

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

public virtual void GetObjectData (
	SerializationInfo info,
	StreamingContext context
public void GetObjectData (
	SerializationInfo info, 
	StreamingContext context
public function GetObjectData (
	info : SerializationInfo, 
	context : StreamingContext



The SerializationInfo that holds the serialized object data about the exception being thrown.


The StreamingContext that contains contextual information about the source or destination.

Exception typeCondition


The info parameter is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

GetObjectData sets a SerializationInfo with all the exception object data targeted for serialization. During deserialization, the exception is reconstituted from the SerializationInfo transmitted over the stream.

The following code example defines a derived serializable Exception class that implements GetObjectData, which makes minor changes to two properties and then calls the base class to perform the serialization. The example forces a divide-by-0 error and then creates an instance of the derived exception. The code serializes the instance to a file, deserializes the file into a new exception, which it throws, and then catches and displays the exception's data.

// Example for the Exception( SerializationInfo, StreamingContext )
// constructor and the Exception.GetObjectData( SerializationInfo, 
// StreamingContext ) method.
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Soap;
using System.Security.Permissions;

namespace NDP_UE_CS
    // Define a serializable derived exception class.
    class SecondLevelException : Exception, ISerializable
        // This public constructor is used by class instantiators.
        public SecondLevelException( string message, Exception inner ) :
            base( message, inner )
            HelpLink = "http://MSDN.Microsoft.com";
            Source = "Exception_Class_Samples";

        // This protected constructor is used for deserialization.
        protected SecondLevelException( SerializationInfo info, 
            StreamingContext context ) :
                base( info, context )
        { }

        // GetObjectData performs a custom serialization.
        public override void GetObjectData( SerializationInfo info, 
            StreamingContext context ) 
            // Change the case of two properties, and then use the 
            // method of the base class.
            HelpLink = HelpLink.ToLower( );
            Source = Source.ToUpper( );

            base.GetObjectData( info, context );

    class SerializationDemo 
        public static void Main() 
                "This example of the Exception constructor " +
                "and Exception.GetObjectData\nwith Serialization" +
                "Info and StreamingContext parameters " +
                "generates \nthe following output.\n" );

                // This code forces a division by 0 and catches the 
                // resulting exception.
                    int  zero = 0;
                    int  ecks = 1 / zero;
                catch( Exception ex )
                    // Create a new exception to throw again.
                    SecondLevelException newExcept =
                        new SecondLevelException( 
                            "Forced a division by 0 and threw " +
                            "another exception.", ex );

                        "Forced a division by 0, caught the " +
                        "resulting exception, \n" +
                        "and created a derived exception:\n" );
                    Console.WriteLine( "HelpLink: {0}", 
                        newExcept.HelpLink );
                    Console.WriteLine( "Source:   {0}", 
                        newExcept.Source );

                    // This FileStream is used for the serialization.
                    FileStream stream = 
                        new FileStream( "NewException.dat", 
                            FileMode.Create );

                        // Serialize the derived exception.
                        SoapFormatter formatter = 
                            new SoapFormatter( null,
                                new StreamingContext( 
                                    StreamingContextStates.File ) );
                        formatter.Serialize( stream, newExcept );

                        // Rewind the stream and deserialize the 
                        // exception.
                        stream.Position = 0;
                        SecondLevelException deserExcept = 
                                formatter.Deserialize( stream );

                            "\nSerialized the exception, and then " +
                            "deserialized the resulting stream " +
                            "into a \nnew exception. " +
                            "The deserialization changed the case " +
                            "of certain properties:\n" );
                        // Throw the deserialized exception again.
                        throw deserExcept;
                    catch( SerializationException se )
                        Console.WriteLine( "Failed to serialize: {0}", 
                            se.ToString( ) );
                        stream.Close( );
            catch( Exception ex )
                Console.WriteLine( "HelpLink: {0}", ex.HelpLink );
                Console.WriteLine( "Source:   {0}", ex.Source );

                Console.WriteLine( );
                Console.WriteLine( ex.ToString( ) );

This example of the Exception constructor and Exception.GetObjectData
with SerializationInfo and StreamingContext parameters generates
the following output.

Forced a division by 0, caught the resulting exception,
and created a derived exception:

HelpLink: http://MSDN.Microsoft.com
Source:   Exception_Class_Samples

Serialized the exception, and then deserialized the resulting stream into a
new exception. The deserialization changed the case of certain properties:

HelpLink: http://msdn.microsoft.com

NDP_UE_CS.SecondLevelException: Forced a division by 0 and threw another except
ion. ---> System.DivideByZeroException: Attempted to divide by zero.
   at NDP_UE_CS.SerializationDemo.Main()
   --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
   at NDP_UE_CS.SerializationDemo.Main()

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0