Type.GetField Method (String)

Searches for the public field with the specified name.

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

public FieldInfo GetField(
	string name


Type: System.String
The String containing the name of the data field to get.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.FieldInfo
A FieldInfo object representing the public field with the specified name, if found; otherwise, null.


name is null.


This Type object is a TypeBuilder whose CreateType method has not yet been called.

The search for name is case-sensitive. The search includes public static and public instance fields.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the FieldInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method searches the fields of the class constraint.

The following example gets the Type object for the specified class, obtains the FieldInfo object for the field, and displays the value of the field.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

public class MyFieldClassA
   public string Field = "A Field";

public class MyFieldClassB
   private string field = "B Field";
   public string Field
         return field;
         if (field != value)
            field = value;

public class Example
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      MyFieldClassB myFieldObjectB = new MyFieldClassB();
      MyFieldClassA myFieldObjectA = new MyFieldClassA();

      Type myTypeA = typeof(MyFieldClassA);
      FieldInfo myFieldInfo = myTypeA.GetField("Field");

      Type myTypeB = typeof(MyFieldClassB);
      FieldInfo myFieldInfo1 = myTypeB.GetField("field",
          BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Instance);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The value of the public field is: '{0}'\n",

         // In Silverlight, the value of a private field cannot be accessed
         // by using reflection.
         outputBlock.Text += String.Format("The value of the private field is: '{0}'\n",
      catch (Exception ex)
         outputBlock.Text += ex.GetType().Name + " occurred: " + ex.Message;

/* This code produces output similar to the following:

The value of the public field is: 'A Field'
FieldAccessException occurred: MyFieldClassB.myField


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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