IsFinal Property

MethodBase.IsFinal Property


Gets a value indicating whether this method is final.

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

public bool IsFinal { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if this method is final; otherwise, false.

To determine if a method is overridable, it is not sufficient to check that IsVirtual is true. For a method to be overridable, IsVirtual must be true and IsFinal must be false. For example, a method might be non-virtual, but it implements an interface method. The common language runtime requires that all methods that implement interface members must be marked as virtual; therefore, the compiler marks the method virtual final. So there are cases where a method is marked as virtual but is still not overridable.

To establish with certainty whether a method is overridable, use code such as this:

if (MethodInfo.IsVirtual && !MethodInfo.IsFinal)

If IsVirtual is false or IsFinal is true, then the method cannot be overridden.

The following example displays false for IsFinal, which might lead you to think that MyMethod is overridable. The code prints false even though MyMethod is not marked virtual and thus cannot be overridden.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class MyClass 
    public void MyMethod() 
    public static void Main() 
        MethodBase m = typeof(MyClass).GetMethod("MyMethod");
        Console.WriteLine("The IsFinal property value of MyMethod is {0}.", m.IsFinal);
        Console.WriteLine("The IsVirtual property value of MyMethod is {0}.", m.IsVirtual);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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