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Type.IsInstanceOfType Method

Determines whether the specified object is an instance of the current Type.

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

public virtual bool IsInstanceOfType(
	Object o


Type: System.Object

The object to compare with the current Type.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current Type is in the inheritance hierarchy of the object represented by o, or if the current Type is an interface that o supports. false if neither of these conditions is the case, or if o is null, or if the current Type is an open generic type (that is, ContainsGenericParameters returns true).



This method can be overridden by a derived class.


A constructed type is not an instance of its generic type definition. That is, MyGenericList<int> (MyGenericList(Of Integer) in Visual Basic) is not an instance of MyGenericList<T> (MyGenericList(Of T) in Visual Basic).

The following example demonstrates the use of the IsInstanceOfType method.

using System;
public interface IMyIfc {}
public class MyClass : IMyIfc {}
public class MyDerivedClass : MyClass {}
class IsInstanceTest 
    public static void Main() 
        Type imyifcType=typeof(IMyIfc);
        MyClass mc = new MyClass();
        Type mcType = mc.GetType();
        MyClass mdc = new MyDerivedClass();
        Type mdcType = mdc.GetType();
        int [] array  = new int [10];
        Type arrayType = typeof(Array);
        Console.WriteLine("Is int[] an instance of the Array class? {0}.", arrayType.IsInstanceOfType(array));
        Console.WriteLine("Is myclass an instance of MyClass? {0}.", mcType.IsInstanceOfType(mc));
        Console.WriteLine("Is myderivedclass an instance of MyClass? {0}.", mcType.IsInstanceOfType(mdc));
        Console.WriteLine("Is myclass an instance of IMyIfc? {0}.", imyifcType.IsInstanceOfType(mc));
        Console.WriteLine("Is myderivedclass an instance of IMyIfc? {0}.", imyifcType.IsInstanceOfType(mdc));

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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