ComImportAttribute Class


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Indicates that the attributed type was previously defined in COM.

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


[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class | AttributeTargets.Interface, 
	Inherited = false)]
public sealed class ComImportAttribute : Attribute


Initializes a new instance of the ComImportAttribute.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

You can apply this attribute to classes or interfaces, although the Tlbimp.exe (Type Library Importer) typically applies it for you when it imports a type library.

ComImportAttribute is a pseudo-custom attribute that indicates that a type has been defined in a previously published type library. The common language runtime treats these types differently when activating, exporting, coercing, and so on.


All base COM types that are inherited by a managed object must aggregate the Free Threaded Marshaller (FTM). COM types that do not aggregate the FTM can't be inherited by managed objects.

The following example demonstrates how to apply the ComImportAttribute to a managed interface declaration. You apply this attribute only when generating an interop assembly manually in source code, and want to simulate the metadata produced by Tlbimp.exe.

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace MyModule
	// If you do not have a type library for an interface
	// you can redeclare it using ComImportAttribute.

	// This is how the interface would look in an idl file.

	//dual,	helpstring("IMyStorage Interface"),
	//interface IMyStorage : IDispatch
	//	[id(1)]
	//	HRESULT GetItem([in] BSTR bstrName, [out, retval] IDispatch ** ppItem);
	//	[id(2)]
	//	HRESULT GetItems([in] BSTR bstrLocation, [out] SAFEARRAY(VARIANT)* pItems);
	//	[id(3)]
	//	HRESULT GetItemDescriptions([in] BSTR bstrLocation, [out] SAFEARRAY(VARIANT) ** ppItems);
	//	[id(4), propget]
	//	HRESULT get_IsEmpty([out, retval] BOOL * pfEmpty);

	// This is the managed declaration.

	public interface IMyStorage  
		[return : MarshalAs( UnmanagedType.Interface )]
		Object GetItem( [In, MarshalAs( UnmanagedType.BStr )] String bstrName );

		void GetItems( [In, MarshalAs( UnmanagedType.BStr )] String bstrLocation, 
			[Out, MarshalAs( UnmanagedType.SafeArray, 
					  SafeArraySubType = VarEnum.VT_VARIANT )] out Object[] Items );

		void GetItemDescriptions( [In] String bstrLocation, 
			[In, Out, MarshalAs( UnmanagedType.SafeArray )] ref Object[] varDescriptions );

		bool IsEmpty 
			[return : MarshalAs( UnmanagedType.VariantBool )]

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.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

Any public static ( Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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