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Type.HasElementType Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current Type encompasses or refers to another type; that is, whether the current Type is an array, a pointer, or is passed by reference.

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

public bool HasElementType { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the Type is an array, a pointer, or is passed by reference; otherwise, false.

Implements

_Type.HasElementType

For example, Type.GetType("Int32[]").HasElementType returns true, but Type.GetType("Int32").HasElementType returns false. HasElementType also returns true for "Int32*" and "Int32&".

If the current Type represents a generic type, or a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this property always returns false.

The following example returns true or false depending on whether or not the object is an array, a reference type, or a pointer.

// This code must be compiled with the /unsafe switch: 
//   csc /unsafe source.cs 
using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class Example
{
    // This method is for demonstration purposes. 
    unsafe public void Test(ref int x, out int y, int* z) 
    { 
        *z = x = y = 0; 
    }

    public static void Main()
    {
        // All of the following display 'True'. 

        // Define an array, get its type, and display HasElementType.  
        int[] nums = {1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13};
        Type t = nums.GetType();
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for array types.", t.HasElementType);

        // Test an array type without defining an array.
        t = typeof(Example[]);
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for array types.", t.HasElementType);

        // When you use Reflection Emit to emit dynamic methods and 
        // assemblies, you can create array types using MakeArrayType. 
        // The following creates the type 'array of Example'.
        t = typeof(Example).MakeArrayType();
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for array types.", t.HasElementType);

        // When you reflect over methods, HasElementType is true for 
        // ref, out, and pointer parameter types. The following  
        // gets the Test method, defined above, and examines its 
        // parameters.
        MethodInfo mi = typeof(Example).GetMethod("Test");
        ParameterInfo[] parms = mi.GetParameters();
        t = parms[0].ParameterType;
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for ref parameter types.", t.HasElementType);
        t = parms[1].ParameterType;
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for out parameter types.", t.HasElementType);
        t = parms[2].ParameterType;
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for pointer parameter types.", t.HasElementType);

        // When you use Reflection Emit to emit dynamic methods and 
        // assemblies, you can create pointer and ByRef types to use 
        // when you define method parameters.
        t = typeof(Example).MakePointerType();
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for pointer types.", t.HasElementType);
        t = typeof(Example).MakeByRefType();
        Console.WriteLine("HasElementType is '{0}' for ByRef types.", t.HasElementType);
    }
}

.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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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