GetIDispatchForObject Method
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Marshal.GetIDispatchForObject Method

Returns an IDispatch interface from a managed object.

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

Public Shared Function GetIDispatchForObject ( _
	o As Object _
) As IntPtr
Dim o As Object
Dim returnValue As IntPtr

returnValue = Marshal.GetIDispatchForObject(o)
public static IntPtr GetIDispatchForObject (
	Object o
public static function GetIDispatchForObject (
	o : Object
) : IntPtr



The object whose IDispatch interface is requested.

Return Value

The IDispatch pointer for the o parameter.

Exception typeCondition


o does not support the requested interface.

In managed code, you seldom work directly with the IDispatch interface. However, GetIDispatchForObject is useful when calling a method that exposes a COM object parameter as an IntPtr type, or with custom marshaling. Calling an object with this method causes the reference count to increment on the interface pointer before the pointer is returned. Always use Marshal.Release to decrement the reference count once you have finished with the pointer.

You can also use this method on a managed object to obtain an interface pointer to the COM callable wrapper for the object. For additional information, see COM Callable Wrapper.


This method uses SecurityAction.LinkDemand to prevent it from being called from untrusted code; only the immediate caller is required to have SecurityPermissionAttribute.UnmanagedCode permission. If your code can be called from partially trusted code, do not pass user input to Marshal class methods without validation. For important limitations on using the LinkDemand member, see Demand vs. LinkDemand.

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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