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Type.IsEnum Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current Type represents an enumeration.

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

public bool IsEnum { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current Type represents an enumeration; otherwise, false.

Implements

_Type.IsEnum

This property returns true for an enumeration, but not for the Enum type itself.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this property applies to the generic type definition from which the type was constructed. For example, if the current Type represents MyGenericType<int> (MyGenericType(Of Integer) in Visual Basic), the value of this property is determined by MyGenericType<T>.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this property always returns false.

This property is read-only.

The following example demonstrates how to use the IsEnum property.

using System;
public enum Color 
{
Red, Blue, Green
}
class TestIsEnum 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
       Type colorType = typeof(Color);
       Type enumType = typeof(Enum);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Color an enum? {0}.", colorType.IsEnum);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Color a value type? {0}.", colorType.IsValueType);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Enum an enum Type? {0}.", enumType.IsEnum);
       Console.WriteLine("Is Enum a value type? {0}.", enumType.IsValueType);
   }
}

This code produces the following output:

Is Color an enum? True.
Is Color a value type? True.
Is Enum an enum type? False.
Is Enum a value type? False.

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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