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EnumerableGroupBy Method

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Groups the elements of a sequence according to a key selector function. The keys are compared by using a comparer and each group's elements are projected by using a specified function.

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

public static IEnumerable<IGrouping<TKey, TElement>> GroupBy<TSource, TKey, TElement>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	Func<TSource, TKey> keySelector,
	Func<TSource, TElement> elementSelector,
	IEqualityComparer<TKey> comparer
generic<typename TSource, typename TKey, typename TElement>
static IEnumerable<IGrouping<TKey, TElement>^>^ GroupBy(
	IEnumerable<TSource>^ source,
	Func<TSource, TKey>^ keySelector,
	Func<TSource, TElement>^ elementSelector,
	IEqualityComparer<TKey>^ comparer
static member GroupBy<'TSource, 'TKey, 'TElement> : 
        source:IEnumerable<'TSource> *
        keySelector:Func<'TSource, 'TKey> *
        elementSelector:Func<'TSource, 'TElement> *
        comparer:IEqualityComparer<'TKey> -> IEnumerable<IGrouping<'TKey, 'TElement>>
Public Shared Function GroupBy(Of TSource, TKey, TElement) (
	source As IEnumerable(Of TSource),
	keySelector As Func(Of TSource, TKey),
	elementSelector As Func(Of TSource, TElement),
	comparer As IEqualityComparer(Of TKey)
) As IEnumerable(Of IGrouping(Of TKey, TElement))



An IEnumerable whose elements to group.


A function to extract the key for each element.


A function to map each source element to an element in an IGrouping.


An IEqualityComparer to compare keys.

Return Value


An IEnumerable<IGrouping<TKey, TElement>> in C# or IEnumerable(Of IGrouping(Of TKey, TElement)) in Visual Basic where each IGrouping object contains a collection of objects of type TElement and a key.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.


The type of the key returned by keySelector.


The type of the elements in the IGrouping.

Exception Condition

source or keySelector or elementSelector is null.

This method is implemented by using deferred execution. The immediate return value is an object that stores all the information that is required to perform the action. The query represented by this method is not executed until the object is enumerated either by calling its GetEnumerator method directly or by using foreach in Visual C# or For Each in Visual Basic.


For examples of GroupBy, see the following topics.

The GroupBy method returns a collection of IGrouping objects, one for each distinct key that was encountered. An IGrouping is an IEnumerable that also has a key associated with its elements.

The IGrouping objects are yielded in an order based on the order of the elements in source that produced the first key of each IGrouping. Elements in a grouping are yielded in the order that the elements that produced them appear in source.

If comparer is null, the default equality comparer is used to compare keys.

If two keys are considered equal according to comparer, the first key is chosen as the key for that grouping.

In query expression syntax, a group by (Visual C#) or Group By Into (Visual Basic) clause translates to an invocation of GroupBy. For more information and usage examples, see group clause (C# Reference) and Group By Clause (Visual Basic).

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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