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EventInfo.AddEventHandler Method

Adds an event handler to an event source.

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

public virtual void AddEventHandler(
	Object target,
	Delegate handler


Type: System.Object
The event source.
Type: System.Delegate
Encapsulates a method or methods to be invoked when the event is raised by the target.


_EventInfo.AddEventHandler(Object, Delegate)


The event does not have a public add accessor.


The handler that was passed in cannot be used.


The caller does not have access permission to the member.


The target parameter is null and the event is not static.


The EventInfo is not declared on the target.

This method attempts to add a delegate to synchronize the event on the target object.

Each time the event is raised by the target parameter, the method or methods encapsulated by the handler will be invoked.

The following code example shows how to load an assembly, create an instance of a type from the assembly, create an event handler using a dynamic assembly, and hook up the dynamic event handler. All actions are performed using late binding.

The code example loads System.dll and creates an instance of the System.Timers.Timer class. The example uses the Type.GetEvent method to get the Elapsed event, and the EventHandlerType property to get the delegate type for the event.

The code example gets a MethodInfo for the Invoke method of the delegate type, and from the MethodInfo obtains the signature of the delegate. The code example then creates a dynamic assembly with one module containing a single type named Handler, and gives the type a static method (Shared method in Visual Basic) named DynamicHandler that will be used to handle the event.

After the dynamic type is created, the code example gets a MethodInfo for the finished method and uses it to create a delegate instance. This instance is passed to the AddEventHandler method to hook up the event. The program then pauses to allow the event to be raised.

// New example (user feedback bug 23592) GlennHa 1/4/06
using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Reflection.Emit;

public class Example
    // The type used for this code example is the System.Timers.Timer 
    // class. The Timer object is stored in a variable of type object,
    // and all code that accesses the Timer does so late-bound. This
    // is because the scenario in which you might use the AddEVentHander
    // method is when you load the type after the program is already
    // compiled, when it is not possible to use the C# += syntax to
    // hook up the event. (Note that there is no "using" statement
    // for the System.Timers namespace.)
    private static object timer;

    public static void Main()
        // Get the assembly that contains the Timer type (Sytem.dll). 
        // The following code uses the fact that System.dll has the
        // same public key as mscorlib.dll to construct a string
        // representing the full assembly name. 
        string fullName = "";
        foreach (Assembly assem in AppDomain.CurrentDomain.GetAssemblies())
            if (assem.GetName().Name == "mscorlib")
                fullName = assem.FullName;
        Assembly sys = Assembly.Load("System" + fullName.Substring(fullName.IndexOf(",")));

        // Get a Type object representing the Timer type.
        Type t = sys.GetType("System.Timers.Timer");

        // Create an instance of the Timer type.
        timer = Activator.CreateInstance(t);

        // Use reflection to get the Elapsed event.
        EventInfo eInfo = t.GetEvent("Elapsed");

        // In order to create a method to handle the Elapsed event,
        // it is necessary to know the signature of the delegate 
        // used to raise the event. Reflection.Emit can then be
        // used to construct a dynamic class with a static method
        // that has the correct signature.

        // Get the event handler type of the Elapsed event. This is
        // a delegate type, so it has an Invoke method that has
        // the same signature as the delegate. The following code
        // creates an array of Type objects that represent the 
        // parameter types of the Invoke method.
        Type handlerType = eInfo.EventHandlerType;
        MethodInfo invokeMethod = handlerType.GetMethod("Invoke");
        ParameterInfo[] parms = invokeMethod.GetParameters();
        Type[] parmTypes = new Type[parms.Length];
        for (int i = 0; i < parms.Length; i++)
            parmTypes[i] = parms[i].ParameterType;

        // Use Reflection.Emit to create a dynamic assembly that
        // will be run but not saved. An assembly must have at 
        // least one module, which in this case contains a single
        // type. The only purpose of this type is to contain the 
        // event handler method. (In the .NET Framework version 
        // 2.0 you can use dynamic methods, which are simpler 
        // because there is no need to create an assembly, module,
        // or type.)
        AssemblyName aName = new AssemblyName();
        aName.Name = "DynamicTypes";
        AssemblyBuilder ab = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.DefineDynamicAssembly(aName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.Run);
        ModuleBuilder mb = ab.DefineDynamicModule(aName.Name);
        TypeBuilder tb = mb.DefineType("Handler", TypeAttributes.Class | TypeAttributes.Public);

        // Create the method that will handle the event. The name
        // is not important. The method is static, because there is
        // no reason to create an instance of the dynamic type.
        // The parameter types and return type of the method are
        // the same as those of the delegate's Invoke method, 
        // captured earlier.
        MethodBuilder handler = tb.DefineMethod("DynamicHandler", 
            MethodAttributes.Public | MethodAttributes.Static, 
            invokeMethod.ReturnType, parmTypes);

        // Generate code to handle the event. In this case, the 
        // handler simply prints a text string to the console.
        ILGenerator il = handler.GetILGenerator();
        il.EmitWriteLine("Timer's Elapsed event is raised.");

        // CreateType must be called before the Handler type can
        // be used. In order to create the delegate that will
        // handle the event, a MethodInfo from the finished type
        // is required.
        Type finished = tb.CreateType();
        MethodInfo eventHandler = finished.GetMethod("DynamicHandler");

        // Use the MethodInfo to create a delegate of the correct 
        // type, and call the AddEventHandler method to hook up 
        // the event.
        Delegate d = Delegate.CreateDelegate(handlerType, eventHandler);
        eInfo.AddEventHandler(timer, d);

        // Late-bound calls to the Interval and Enabled property 
        // are required to enable the timer with a one-second
        // interval.
        t.InvokeMember("Interval", BindingFlags.SetProperty, null, timer, new Object[] { 1000 });
        t.InvokeMember("Enabled", BindingFlags.SetProperty, null, timer, new Object[] { true });

        Console.WriteLine("Press the Enter key to end the program.");
/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

Press the Enter key to end the program.
Timer's Elapsed event is raised.
Timer's Elapsed event is raised.
Timer's Elapsed event is raised.

.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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.