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Exception.InnerException Property

Gets the Exception instance that caused the current exception.

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

public Exception InnerException { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Exception
An object that describes the error that caused the current exception. The InnerException property returns the same value as was passed into the Exception(String, Exception) constructor, or null if the inner exception value was not supplied to the constructor. This property is read-only.

Implements

_Exception.InnerException

When an exception X is thrown as a direct result of a previous exception Y, the InnerException property of X should contain a reference to Y.

Use the InnerException property to obtain the set of exceptions that led to the current exception.

You can create a new exception that catches an earlier exception. The code that handles the second exception can make use of the additional information from the earlier exception to handle the error more appropriately.

Suppose that there is a function that reads a file and formats the data from that file. In this example, as the code tries to read the file, an IOException is thrown. The function catches the IOException and throws a FileNotFoundException. The IOException could be saved in the InnerException property of the FileNotFoundException, enabling the code that catches the FileNotFoundException to examine the cause of the initial error.

The InnerException property, which holds a reference to the inner exception, is set upon initialization of the exception object.

The following example demonstrates throwing and catching an exception that references an inner exception.

using System;

public class AppException : Exception
{
   public AppException(String message) : base (message)
   {}

   public AppException(String message, Exception inner) : base(message,inner) {}
}

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Example ex = new Example();

      try {
         ex.CatchInner();
      }
      catch(AppException e) {
         Console.WriteLine ("In catch block of Main method.");
         Console.WriteLine("Caught: {0}", e.Message);
         if (e.InnerException != null)
            Console.WriteLine("Inner exception: {0}", e.InnerException);
      }
   }

   public void ThrowInner ()
   {
      throw new AppException("Exception in ThrowInner method.");
   }

   public void CatchInner() 
   {
      try {
         this.ThrowInner();
      }
      catch (AppException e) {
         throw new AppException("Error in CatchInner caused by calling the ThrowInner method.", e);
      }
   }
}
// The example displays the following output: 
//    In catch block of Main method. 
//    Caught: Error in CatchInner caused by calling the ThrowInner method. 
//    Inner exception: AppException: Exception in ThrowInner method. 
//       at Example.CatchInner()

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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