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Type.GetArrayRank Method

Gets the number of dimensions in an Array.

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

public virtual int GetArrayRank()

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
An Int32 containing the number of dimensions in the current Type.


The functionality of this method is unsupported in the base class and must be implemented in a derived class instead.


The current Type is not an array.

The following example displays the number of dimensions in an array.

using System;

class Example
    public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
        int[,,] myArray = { { { 12,  2,  35 }, { 300, 78, 33 } }, 
                            { { 92, 42, 135 }, {  30,  7,  3 } } };
        Type myType = myArray.GetType();

        outputBlock.Text += String.Format("myArray has {0} dimensions.\n", 

/* This example produces the following output:

myArray has 3 dimensions.


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

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

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Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

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