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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.

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

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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