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Marshal.GetITypeInfoForType Method

Returns an ITypeInfo interface from a managed type.

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

[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag.UnmanagedCode)]
public static IntPtr GetITypeInfoForType(
	Type t


Type: System.Type

The Type whose ITypeInfo interface is being requested.

Return Value

Type: System.IntPtr
The ITypeInfo pointer for the t parameter.


t is not a visible type to COM.


A type library is registered for the assembly that contains the type, but the type definition cannot be found.

This method returns a pointer to an ITypeInfo implementation that is based on the original type. Calling an object with GetITypeInfoForType 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 apply the System.Runtime.InteropServices.MarshalAsAttribute to replace standard interop marshaling behavior with this custom marshaler. For additional information about ITypeInfo, see the MSDN library.


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.

The following code example demonstrates how to retrieve a pointer to the ITypeInfo interface for a type using the GetITypeInfoForType method.

using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

class Program

    static void Run()
        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.GetITypeInfoForType...");

        // Get the ITypeInfo pointer for an Object type
        IntPtr pointer = Marshal.GetITypeInfoForType(typeof(object));

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.Release...");

        // Always call Marshal.Release to decrement the reference count.

    static void Main(string[] args)

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0