MethodBase::GetMethodBody Method ()


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When overridden in a derived class, gets a MethodBody object that provides access to the MSIL stream, local variables, and exceptions for the current method.

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

[ReflectionPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction::Demand, Flags = ReflectionPermissionFlag::MemberAccess)]
virtual MethodBody^ GetMethodBody()

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection::MethodBody^

A MethodBody object that provides access to the MSIL stream, local variables, and exceptions for the current method.

Exception Condition

This method is invalid unless overridden in a derived class.

You do not have to override the GetMethodBody in order to use it. You can call the GetMethodBody method on MethodInfo and ConstructorInfo objects, because the method is overridden in the runtime versions of these classes. For example, the runtime version of the MethodInfo class derives from the MethodInfo class, which in turn derives from the MethodBase class.

The following code example defines a test method named MethodBodyExample and displays its local variable information and exception-handling clauses. The MethodBase::GetMethodBody method is used to obtain a MethodBody object for the test method.

The LocalVariables property is used to obtain a list of LocalVariableInfo objects and display their types and index order. The ExceptionHandlingClauses property is used to obtain a list of exception-handling clauses.


Not all computer languages can generate ExceptionHandlingClauseOptions::Filter clauses. The Visual Basic example shows a filter clause, using a Visual Basic When expression, which is omitted from the examples for other languages.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;

public ref class Example
    // The Main method contains code to analyze this method, using
    // the properties and methods of the MethodBody class.
    void MethodBodyExample(Object^ arg)
        // Define some local variables. In addition to these variables,
        // the local variable list includes the variables scoped to 
        // the catch clauses.
        int var1 = 42;
        String^ var2 = "Forty-two";

            // Depending on the input value, throw an ArgumentException or 
            // an ArgumentNullException to test the Catch clauses.
            if (arg == nullptr)
                throw gcnew ArgumentNullException("The argument cannot " +
                    "be null.");
            if (arg->GetType() == String::typeid)
                throw gcnew ArgumentException("The argument cannot " + 
                    "be a string.");

        // There is no Filter clause in this code example. See the Visual 
        // Basic code for an example of a Filter clause.

        // This catch clause handles the ArgumentException class, and
        // any other class derived from Exception.
        catch (ArgumentException^ ex)
            Console::WriteLine("Ordinary exception-handling clause caught:" +
                " {0}", ex->GetType());
            var1 = 3033;
            var2 = "Another string.";

int main()
    // Get method body information.
    MethodInfo^ mi = 

    MethodBody^ mb = mi->GetMethodBody();
    Console::WriteLine("\r\nMethod: {0}", mi);

    // Display the general information included in the 
    // MethodBody object.
    Console::WriteLine("    Local variables are initialized: {0}", 
    Console::WriteLine("    Maximum number of items on the operand " +
        "stack: {0}", mb->MaxStackSize);

    // Display information about the local variables in the
    // method body.
    for each (LocalVariableInfo^ lvi in mb->LocalVariables)
        Console::WriteLine("Local variable: {0}", lvi);

    // Display exception handling clauses.
    for each(ExceptionHandlingClause^ exhc in mb->ExceptionHandlingClauses)

        // The FilterOffset property is meaningful only for Filter
        // clauses. The CatchType property is not meaningful for 
        // Filter or Finally clauses. 
        case ExceptionHandlingClauseOptions::Filter:
            Console::WriteLine("        Filter Offset: {0}", 
        case ExceptionHandlingClauseOptions::Finally:
            Console::WriteLine("    Type of exception: {0}", 

        Console::WriteLine("       Handler Length: {0}",
        Console::WriteLine("       Handler Offset: {0}", 
        Console::WriteLine("     Try Block Length: {0}", exhc->TryLength);
        Console::WriteLine("     Try Block Offset: {0}", exhc->TryOffset);

//This code example produces output similar to the following:
//Method: Void MethodBodyExample(System.Object)
//    Local variables are initialized: False
//    Maximum number of items on the operand stack: 4
//Local variable: System.ArgumentException (0)
//Local variable: System.String (1)
//Local variable: System.Int32 (2)
//    Type of exception: System.ArgumentException
//       Handler Length: 29
//       Handler Offset: 78
//     Try Block Length: 65
//     Try Block Offset: 13
//       Handler Length: 13
//       Handler Offset: 113
//     Try Block Length: 100
//     Try Block Offset: 13


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