GetImage Method

Clipboard.GetImage Method ()


Retrieves an image from the Clipboard.

Namespace:   System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public static Image GetImage()

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Image

An Image representing the Clipboard image data or null if the Clipboard does not contain any data that is in the Bitmap format or can be converted to that format.

Exception Condition

The Clipboard could not be cleared. This typically occurs when the Clipboard is being used by another process.


The current thread is not in single-threaded apartment (STA) mode. Add the STAThreadAttribute to your application's Main method.

Use the ContainsImage method to determine whether the Clipboard contains image data before retrieving it with this method.

Use the SetImage method to add image data to the Clipboard.


The Clipboard class can only be used in threads set to single thread apartment (STA) mode. To use this class, ensure that your Main method is marked with the STAThreadAttribute attribute.

The following example demonstrates this member.

// Demonstrates SetImage, ContainsImage, and GetImage.
public System.Drawing.Image SwapClipboardImage(
    System.Drawing.Image replacementImage)
    System.Drawing.Image returnImage = null;
    if (Clipboard.ContainsImage())
        returnImage = Clipboard.GetImage();
    return returnImage;


for access to the system Clipboard. Associated enumeration: UIPermissionClipboard.AllClipboard

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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