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Enumerable.Any(Of TSource) Method (IEnumerable(Of TSource))


Determines whether a sequence contains any elements.

Namespace:   System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

Public Shared Function Any(Of TSource) (
	source As IEnumerable(Of TSource)
) As Boolean


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable(Of TSource)

The IEnumerable(Of T) to check for emptiness.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the source sequence contains any elements; otherwise, false.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.

Exception Condition

source is null.


This method does not return any one element of a collection. Instead, it determines whether the collection contains any elements.

The enumeration of source is stopped as soon as the result can be determined.

In Visual Basic query expression syntax, an Aggregate Into Any() clause translates to an invocation of Any.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Any(Of TSource) to determine whether a sequence contains any elements.

' Create a list of Integers.
Dim numbers As New List(Of Integer)(New Integer() {1, 2})

' Determine if the list contains any items.
Dim hasElements As Boolean = numbers.Any()

' Display the output.
Dim text As String = IIf(hasElements, "not ", "")
MsgBox("The list is " & text & "empty.")

' This code produces the following output:
' The list is not empty.

The Boolean value that the Any(Of TSource)(IEnumerable(Of TSource)) method returns is typically used in the predicate of a where clause (Where clause in Visual Basic) or a direct call to the Where(Of TSource)(IEnumerable(Of TSource), Func(Of TSource, Boolean)) method. The following example demonstrates this use of the Any method.

Structure Pet
    Public Name As String
    Public Age As Integer
End Structure

Structure Person
    Public LastName As String
    Public Pets() As Pet
End Structure

Sub AnyEx2()
    Dim people As New List(Of Person)(New Person() _
        {New Person With {.LastName = "Haas", _
                          .Pets = New Pet() {New Pet With {.Name = "Barley", .Age = 10}, _
                                             New Pet With {.Name = "Boots", .Age = 14}, _
                                             New Pet With {.Name = "Whiskers", .Age = 6}}}, _
          New Person With {.LastName = "Fakhouri", _
                           .Pets = New Pet() {New Pet With {.Name = "Snowball", .Age = 1}}}, _
          New Person With {.LastName = "Antebi", _
                           .Pets = New Pet() {}}, _
          New Person With {.LastName = "Philips", _
                           .Pets = New Pet() {New Pet With {.Name = "Sweetie", .Age = 2}, _
                                              New Pet With {.Name = "Rover", .Age = 13}}}})

    ' Determine which people have a non-empty Pet array.
    Dim names = From person In people _
                Where person.Pets.Any() _
                Select person.LastName

    For Each name As String In names

    ' This code produces the following output:
    ' Haas
    ' Fakhouri
    ' Philips

End Sub

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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