IsEnum Property

Type.IsEnum Property


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

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

public virtual bool IsEnum { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

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



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);
// The example displays 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.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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