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EnumerableCount Method

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Returns the number of elements in a sequence.

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

public static int Count<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source
generic<typename TSource>
static int Count(
	IEnumerable<TSource>^ source
static member Count<'TSource> : 
        source:IEnumerable<'TSource> -> int
Public Shared Function Count(Of TSource) (
	source As IEnumerable(Of TSource)
) As Integer



A sequence that contains elements to be counted.

Return Value


The number of elements in the input sequence.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.

Exception Condition

source is null.


The number of elements in source is larger than MaxValue.

If the type of source implements ICollection, that implementation is used to obtain the count of elements. Otherwise, this method determines the count.

Use the LongCount method when you expect and want to allow the result to be greater than MaxValue.

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

The following code example demonstrates how to use Count to count the elements in an array.

string[] fruits = { "apple", "banana", "mango", "orange", "passionfruit", "grape" };

    int numberOfFruits = fruits.Count();
        "There are {0} fruits in the collection.",

catch (OverflowException)
    Console.WriteLine("The count is too large to store as an Int32.");
    Console.WriteLine("Try using the LongCount() method instead.");

// This code produces the following output:
// There are 6 fruits in the collection. 
' Create an array of strings.
Dim fruits() As String = {"apple", "banana", "mango", "orange", "passionfruit", "grape"}

    ' Count the number of items in the array.
    Dim numberOfFruits As Integer = fruits.Count()
    ' Display the output.
    MsgBox("There are " & numberOfFruits & " fruits in the collection.")
Catch e As OverflowException
    MsgBox("The count is too large to store as an Int32. Try using LongCount() instead.")
End Try

' This code produces the following output:
' There are 6 fruits in the collection.
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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