PropertyInfo Class

Discovers the attributes of a property and provides access to property metadata.

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

public ref class PropertyInfo abstract : public MemberInfo, _PropertyInfo
/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
/** @attribute ComVisibleAttribute(true) */ 
/** @attribute ClassInterfaceAttribute(ClassInterfaceType.None) */ 
public abstract class PropertyInfo extends MemberInfo implements _PropertyInfo
public abstract class PropertyInfo extends MemberInfo implements _PropertyInfo
Not applicable.

Properties are logically the same as fields. A property is a named aspect of an object's state whose value is typically accessible through get and set accessors. Properties may be read-only, in which case a set routine is not supported.


To determine whether a property is static, you must obtain the MethodInfo for the get or set accessor, by calling the GetGetMethod or the GetSetMethod method, and examine its IsStatic property.

Several methods in this class assume that the get accessor and set accessor methods of a property have certain formats. The signatures of the get and set methods must match the following convention:

  • The return type of the get method and the last argument of the set method must be identical. This is the type of the property.

  • The get and set methods must have the same number, type, and order of indices.

If this format is not followed, the behavior of the GetValue and SetValue methods is undefined.

Calling ICustomAttributeProvider.GetCustomAttributes on PropertyInfo when the inherit parameter of GetCustomAttributes is true does not walk the type hierarchy. Use System.Attribute to inherit custom attributes.

Notes to Inheritors: When you inherit from PropertyInfo, you must override the following members: GetValue, SetValue, GetAccessors, GetGetMethod, GetSetMethod, and GetIndexParameters.

This example shows how to use various reflection classes to analyze the metadata contained in an assembly.


This example generates about 55,000 lines of data, which you can redirect to a text file at the command prompt, as follows: example.exe > propertyinfo.txt

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;

static void Display(Int32 indent, String^ format, ... array<Object^>^param) 
    Console::Write("{0}", gcnew String (' ', indent));
    Console::WriteLine(format, param);
// Displays the custom attributes applied to the specified member.
static void DisplayAttributes(Int32 indent, MemberInfo^ mi)
    // Get the set of custom attributes; if none exist, just return.
    array<Object^>^attrs = mi->GetCustomAttributes(false);
    if (attrs->Length==0)
    // Display the custom attributes applied to this member.
    Display(indent+1, "Attributes:");
    for each ( Object^ o in attrs )
        Display(indent*2, "{0}", o);

void main()
        // This variable holds the amount of indenting that 
        // should be used when displaying each line of information.
        Int32 indent = 0; 
        // Display information about the EXE assembly.
        Assembly^ a = System::Reflection::Assembly::GetExecutingAssembly();
        Display(indent, "Assembly identity={0}", gcnew array<Object^> {a->FullName});
        Display(indent+1, "Codebase={0}", gcnew array<Object^> {a->CodeBase});

        // Display the set of assemblies our assemblies reference.
        Display(indent, "Referenced assemblies:"); 

        for each ( AssemblyName^ an in a->GetReferencedAssemblies() )
            Display(indent + 1, "Name={0}, Version={1}, Culture={2}, PublicKey token={3}", gcnew array<Object^> {an->Name, an->Version, an->CultureInfo, (BitConverter::ToString(an->GetPublicKeyToken()))});
        Display(indent, "");  
        // Display information about each assembly loading into this AppDomain. 
        for each ( Assembly^ b in AppDomain::CurrentDomain->GetAssemblies()) 
            Display(indent, "Assembly: {0}", gcnew array<Object^> {b});
            // Display information about each module of this assembly.
            for each ( Module^ m in b->GetModules(true) ) 
                Display(indent+1, "Module: {0}", gcnew array<Object^> {m->Name});
            // Display information about each type exported from this assembly.
            indent += 1; 
            for each ( Type^ t in b->GetExportedTypes() ) 
                Display(0, "");  
                Display(indent, "Type: {0}", gcnew array<Object^> {t}); 

                // For each type, show its members & their custom attributes.
                indent += 1; 
                for each (MemberInfo^ mi in t->GetMembers() )
                    Display(indent, "Member: {0}", gcnew array<Object^> {mi->Name}); 
                    DisplayAttributes(indent, mi);

                    // If the member is a method, display information about its parameters.         
                    if (mi->MemberType==MemberTypes::Method) 
                        for each ( ParameterInfo^ pi in (((MethodInfo^) mi)->GetParameters()))
                            Display(indent+1, "Parameter: Type={0}, Name={1}", gcnew array<Object^> {pi->ParameterType, pi->Name}); 

                    // If the member is a property, display information about the property's accessor methods.
                    if (mi->MemberType==MemberTypes::Property) 
                        for each ( MethodInfo^ am in (((PropertyInfo^) mi)->GetAccessors()) )
                            Display(indent+1, "Accessor method: {0}", gcnew array<Object^> {am});
                // Display a formatted string indented by the specified amount.               
                indent -= 1;
            indent -= 1;
    catch (Exception^ e)

// The output shown below is abbreviated.
//Assembly identity=Reflection, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null
//  Codebase=file:///C:/Reflection.exe
//Referenced assemblies:
//  Name=mscorlib, Version=1.0.5000.0, Culture=, PublicKey token=B7-7A-5C-56-19-34-E0-89
//  Name=Microsoft.VisualBasic, Version=7.0.5000.0, Culture=, PublicKey token=B0-3F-5F-7F-11-D5-0A-3A
//Assembly: mscorlib, Version=1.0.5000.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
//  Module: mscorlib.dll
//  Module: prc.nlp
//  Module: prcp.nlp
//  Module: ksc.nlp
//  Module: ctype.nlp
//  Module: xjis.nlp
//  Module: bopomofo.nlp
//  Module: culture.nlp
//  Module: region.nlp
//  Module: sortkey.nlp
//  Module: charinfo.nlp
//  Module: big5.nlp
//  Module: sorttbls.nlp
//  Module: l_intl.nlp
//  Module: l_except.nlp
//  Type: System.Object
//    Member: GetHashCode
//    Member: Equals
//      Parameter: Type=System.Object, Name=obj
//    Member: ToString
//    Member: Equals
//      Parameter: Type=System.Object, Name=objA
//      Parameter: Type=System.Object, Name=objB
//    Member: ReferenceEquals
//      Parameter: Type=System.Object, Name=objA
//      Parameter: Type=System.Object, Name=objB
//    Member: GetType
//    Member: .ctor
//  Type: System.ICloneable
//    Member: Clone
//  Type: System.Collections.IEnumerable
//    Member: GetEnumerator
//      Attributes:
//        System.Runtime.InteropServices.DispIdAttribute
//  Type: System.Collections.ICollection
//    Member: get_IsSynchronized
//    Member: get_SyncRoot
//    Member: get_Count
//    Member: CopyTo
//      Parameter: Type=System.Array, Name=array
//      Parameter: Type=System.Int32, Name=index
//    Member: Count
//      Accessor method: Int32 get_Count()
//    Member: SyncRoot
//      Accessor method: System.Object get_SyncRoot()
//    Member: IsSynchronized
//      Accessor method: Boolean get_IsSynchronized()

This type is thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0

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