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Type.GetElementType Method

When overridden in a derived class, returns the Type of the object encompassed or referred to by the current array, pointer or reference type.

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

public abstract Type GetElementType()

Return Value

Type: System.Type
The Type of the object encompassed or referred to by the current array, pointer, or reference type, or null if the current Type is not an array or a pointer, or is not passed by reference, or represents a generic type or a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method.



This method returns null for the Array class.

The following example demonstrates using the GetElementType method.

using System;
class TestGetElementType 
    public static void Main() 
        int[] array = {1,2,3};
        Type t = array.GetType();
        Type t2 = t.GetElementType();
        Console.WriteLine("The element type of {0} is {1}.",array, t2.ToString());
        TestGetElementType newMe = new TestGetElementType();
        t = newMe.GetType();
        t2 = t.GetElementType();
        Console.WriteLine("The element type of {0} is {1}.", newMe, t2==null? "null" : t2.ToString());

/* This code produces the following output:

The element type of System.Int32[] is System.Int32.
The element type of TestGetElementType is null.

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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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