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Module.GetType Method (String)

Returns the specified type, performing a case-sensitive search.

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

public virtual Type GetType(
	string className


Type: System.String
The name of the type to locate. The name must be fully qualified with the namespace.

Return Value

Type: System.Type
A Type object representing the given type, if the type is in this module; otherwise, null.


className is null.


The class initializers are invoked and an exception is thrown.


className is a zero-length string.


className requires a dependent assembly that could not be found.


className requires a dependent assembly that was found but could not be loaded.


The current assembly was loaded into the reflection-only context, and className requires a dependent assembly that was not preloaded.


className requires a dependent assembly, but the file is not a valid assembly.


className requires a dependent assembly which was compiled for a version of the runtime later than the currently loaded version.


If the type has been forwarded to another assembly, it is still returned by this method. For information on type forwarding, see Type Forwarding in the Common Language Runtime.

A type can be retrieved from a specific module using Module.GetType. Calling Module.GetType on the module that contains the manifest will not search the entire assembly. To retrieve a type from an assembly, regardless of which module it is in, you must call Assembly.GetType.

The following example displays the name of a type in the specified module.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

namespace ReflectionModule_Examples
    class MyMainClass
        static void Main()
            Module[] moduleArray;

            moduleArray = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetModules(false);

            //In a simple project with only one module, the module at index
            // 0 will be the module containing these classes.
            Module myModule = moduleArray[0];

            Type myType;

            myType = myModule.GetType("ReflectionModule_Examples.MyMainClass");
            Console.WriteLine("Got type: {0}", myType.ToString());

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.