This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

Array.CreateInstance Method (Type, Int32)

Creates a one-dimensional Array of the specified Type and length, with zero-based indexing.

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

public static Array CreateInstance(
	Type elementType,
	int length


Type: System.Type
The Type of the Array to create.
Type: System.Int32
The size of the Array to create.

Return Value

Type: System.Array
A new one-dimensional Array of the specified Type with the specified length, using zero-based indexing.


elementType is null.


elementType is not a valid Type.


elementType is not supported. For example, Void is not supported.


elementType is an open generic type.


length is less than zero.

Unlike most classes, Array provides the CreateInstance method, instead of public constructors, to allow for late bound access.

Reference-type elements are initialized to null. Value-type elements are initialized to zero.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is length.

The following code example shows how to create and initialize a one-dimensional Array.

using System;
public class SamplesArray  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a one-dimensional Array of type Int32.
      Array my1DArray=Array.CreateInstance( typeof(Int32), 5 );
      for ( int i = my1DArray.GetLowerBound(0); i <= my1DArray.GetUpperBound(0); i++ )
         my1DArray.SetValue( i+1, i );

      // Displays the values of the Array.
      Console.WriteLine( "The one-dimensional Array contains the following values:" );
      PrintValues( my1DArray );

   public static void PrintValues( Array myArr )  {
      System.Collections.IEnumerator myEnumerator = myArr.GetEnumerator();
      int i = 0;
      int cols = myArr.GetLength( myArr.Rank - 1 );
      while ( myEnumerator.MoveNext() )  {
         if ( i < cols )  {
         } else  {
            i = 1;
         Console.Write( "\t{0}", myEnumerator.Current );
This code produces the following output.

The one-dimensional Array contains the following values:
    1    2    3    4    5

.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.