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PropertyInfo.CanWrite Property

Gets a value indicating whether the property can be written to.

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

public abstract bool CanWrite { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if this property can be written to; otherwise, false.



If the property does not have a set accessor, it cannot be written to.

To get the CanWrite property, first get the class Type. From the Type, get the PropertyInfo. From the PropertyInfo, get the CanWrite value.

The following example defines two properties. The first property is writable, and the CanWrite property is true. The second property is not writable (there is no set accessor), and the CanWrite property is false.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

 // Define one writable property and one not writable. 
public class Mypropertya
    private string caption = "A Default caption";
    public string Caption
        get{return caption;}
        set {if(caption!=value) {caption = value;}
public class Mypropertyb
    private string caption = "B Default caption";
    public string Caption
        get{return caption;}

class Mypropertyinfo
    public static int Main()

        // Define two properties.
        Mypropertya Mypropertya = new Mypropertya();
        Mypropertyb Mypropertyb = new Mypropertyb();

        // Read and display the property.
        Console.Write("\nMypropertya.Caption = " + Mypropertya.Caption);
        Console.Write("\nMypropertyb.Caption = " + Mypropertyb.Caption);

        // Write to the property.
        Mypropertya.Caption = "A- No Change";
        // Mypropertyb.Caption cannot be written to because 
        // there is no set accessor. 

        // Read and display the property.
        Console.Write("\nMypropertya.Caption = " + Mypropertya.Caption);
        Console.Write ("\nMypropertyb.Caption = " + Mypropertyb.Caption);

        // Get the type and PropertyInfo.
        Type MyTypea = Type.GetType("Mypropertya");
        PropertyInfo Mypropertyinfoa = MyTypea.GetProperty("Caption");
        Type MyTypeb = Type.GetType("Mypropertyb");
        PropertyInfo Mypropertyinfob = MyTypeb.GetProperty("Caption");

        // Get and display the CanWrite property.

        Console.Write("\nCanWrite a - " + Mypropertyinfoa.CanWrite);

        Console.Write("\nCanWrite b - " + Mypropertyinfob.CanWrite);

        return 0;

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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