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Type::GetTypeHandle Method

Gets the handle for the Type of a specified object.

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

static RuntimeTypeHandle GetTypeHandle(
	Object^ o


Type: System::Object
The object for which to get the type handle.

Return Value

Type: System::RuntimeTypeHandle
The handle for the Type of the specified Object.


o is nullptr.

The handles are valid only in the application domain in which they were obtained.

The following example defines the class MyClass1, gets an instance of it, and retrieves the runtime handle of the object.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;

public ref class MyClass1
    int x;

    int MyMethod()
        return x;

int main()
    MyClass1^ myClass1 = gcnew MyClass1;

    // Get the RuntimeTypeHandle from an object.
    RuntimeTypeHandle myRTHFromObject = Type::GetTypeHandle( myClass1 );

    // Get the RuntimeTypeHandle from a type.
    RuntimeTypeHandle myRTHFromType = MyClass1::typeid->TypeHandle;

    Console::WriteLine( "\nmyRTHFromObject.Value:  {0}", myRTHFromObject.Value );
    Console::WriteLine( "myRTHFromObject.GetType():  {0}", myRTHFromObject.GetType() );
    Console::WriteLine( "Get the type back from the handle..." );
    Console::WriteLine( "Type::GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromObject):  {0}", 
        Type::GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromObject) );

    Console::WriteLine( "\nmyRTHFromObject.Equals(myRTHFromType):  {0}", 
        myRTHFromObject.Equals(myRTHFromType) );

    Console::WriteLine( "\nmyRTHFromType.Value:  {0}", myRTHFromType.Value );
    Console::WriteLine( "myRTHFromType.GetType():  {0}", myRTHFromType.GetType() );
    Console::WriteLine( "Get the type back from the handle..." );
    Console::WriteLine( "Type::GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromType):  {0}", 
        Type::GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromType) );

/* This code example produces output similar to the following:

myRTHFromObject.Value:  3295832
myRTHFromObject.GetType():  System.RuntimeTypeHandle
Get the type back from the handle...
Type::GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromObject):  MyClass1

myRTHFromObject.Equals(myRTHFromType):  True

myRTHFromType.Value:  3295832
myRTHFromType.GetType():  System.RuntimeTypeHandle
Get the type back from the handle...
Type::GetTypeFromHandle(myRTHFromType):  MyClass1

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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