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ArgumentOutOfRangeException Class


The exception that is thrown when the value of an argument is outside the allowable range of values as defined by the invoked method.

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


public class ArgumentOutOfRangeException : ArgumentException, 


Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentOutOfRangeException class.

System_CAPS_protmethodArgumentOutOfRangeException(SerializationInfo, StreamingContext)

Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentOutOfRangeException class with serialized data.


Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentOutOfRangeException class with the name of the parameter that causes this exception.

System_CAPS_pubmethodArgumentOutOfRangeException(String, Exception)

Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentOutOfRangeException class with a specified error message and the exception that is the cause of this exception.

System_CAPS_pubmethodArgumentOutOfRangeException(String, Object, String)

Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentOutOfRangeException class with the parameter name, the value of the argument, and a specified error message.

System_CAPS_pubmethodArgumentOutOfRangeException(String, String)

Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentOutOfRangeException class with the name of the parameter that causes this exception and a specified error message.


Gets the argument value that causes this exception.


Gets a collection of key/value pairs that provide additional user-defined information about the exception.(Inherited from Exception.)


Gets or sets a link to the help file associated with this exception.(Inherited from Exception.)


Gets or sets HRESULT, a coded numerical value that is assigned to a specific exception.(Inherited from Exception.)


Gets the Exception instance that caused the current exception.(Inherited from Exception.)


Gets the error message and the string representation of the invalid argument value, or only the error message if the argument value is null.(Overrides ArgumentException.Message.)


Gets the name of the parameter that causes this exception.(Inherited from ArgumentException.)


Gets or sets the name of the application or the object that causes the error.(Inherited from Exception.)


Gets a string representation of the immediate frames on the call stack.(Inherited from Exception.)


Gets the method that throws the current exception.(Inherited from Exception.)


Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)


Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns the Exception that is the root cause of one or more subsequent exceptions.(Inherited from Exception.)


Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubmethodGetObjectData(SerializationInfo, StreamingContext)

Sets the SerializationInfo object with the invalid argument value and additional exception information.(Overrides ArgumentException.GetObjectData(SerializationInfo, StreamingContext).)


Gets the runtime type of the current instance.(Inherited from Exception.)


Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)


Creates and returns a string representation of the current exception.(Inherited from Exception.)


Occurs when an exception is serialized to create an exception state object that contains serialized data about the exception.(Inherited from Exception.)

ArgumentOutOfRangeException is thrown when a method is invoked and at least one of the arguments passed to the method is not null and does not contain a valid value.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException is used extensively by:

ArgumentOutOfRangeException behaves identically to ArgumentException. It is provided so that application code can differentiate between exceptions caused by invalid arguments that are not null, and exceptions caused by null arguments. For errors caused by null arguments, see ArgumentNullException.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException uses the HRESULT COR_E_ARGUMENTOUTOFRANGE, which has the value 0x80131502.

For a list of initial property values for an instance of ArgumentOutOfRangeException, see the ArgumentOutOfRangeException constructors.

The following example defines a class to contain information about an invited guest. If the guest is younger than 21, an ArgumentOutOfRangeException exception is thrown.

using System;

class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
            Guest guest1 = new Guest("Ben", "Miller", 17);
        catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException outOfRange)

            Console.WriteLine("Error: {0}", outOfRange.Message);

class Guest
    private string FirstName;
    private string LastName;
    private int Age;

    public Guest(string fName, string lName, int age)
        FirstName = fName;
        LastName = lName;
        if (age < 21)
            throw new ArgumentOutOfRangeException("age","All guests must be 21-years-old or older.");
            Age = age;

    public string GuestInfo()
        string gInfo = FirstName + " " + LastName + ", " + Age.ToString();

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.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
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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