Array.Length Property

Gets a 32-bit integer that represents the total number of elements in all the dimensions of the Array.

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

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property Length As Integer

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
A 32-bit integer that represents the total number of elements in all the dimensions of the Array; zero if there are no elements in the array.

ExceptionCondition
OverflowException

The array is multidimensional and contains more than MaxValue elements.

Retrieving the value of this property is an O(1) operation.

The following example uses the Length property to get the total number of elements in an array. It also uses the GetUpperBound method to determine the number of elements in each dimension of a multidimensional array.

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim array1d() As String = { "zero", "one", "two", "three" }
      ShowArrayInfo(array1d)

      Dim array2d(,) As String = { { "zero", "0" }, { "one", "1" }, 
                                   { "two", "2" }, { "three", "3"},
                                   { "four", "4" }, { "five", "5" } }
      ShowArrayInfo(array2d)                             
   End Sub 

   Private Sub ShowArrayInfo(arr As Array)
      Console.WriteLine("Length of Array:      {0,3}", arr.Length)
      Console.WriteLine("Number of Dimensions: {0,3}", arr.Rank)
      ' For multidimensional arrays, show number of elements in each dimension. 
      If arr.Rank > 1 Then 
         For dimension As Integer = 1 to arr.Rank
            Console.WriteLine("   Dimension {0}: {1,3}", dimension, 
                              arr.GetUpperBound(dimension - 1) + 1)
         Next                      
      End If
      Console.WriteLine()
   End Sub 
End Module 
' The example displays the following output: 
'       Length of Array:        4 
'       Number of Dimensions:   1 
'        
'       Length of Array:       12 
'       Number of Dimensions:   2 
'          Dimension 1:   6 
'          Dimension 2:   2

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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