# Enumerable.SequenceEqual Method

## Definition

Determines whether two sequences are equal according to an equality comparer.

 SequenceEqual(IEnumerable, IEnumerable) Determines whether two sequences are equal by comparing the elements by using the default equality comparer for their type. SequenceEqual(IEnumerable, IEnumerable, IEqualityComparer) Determines whether two sequences are equal by comparing their elements by using a specified IEqualityComparer.

## SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>)

Determines whether two sequences are equal by comparing the elements by using the default equality comparer for their type.

public:
generic <typename TSource>
[System::Runtime::CompilerServices::Extension]
static bool SequenceEqual(System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<TSource> ^ first, System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<TSource> ^ second);
public static bool SequenceEqual<TSource> (this System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> first, System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> second);
static member SequenceEqual : seq<'Source> * seq<'Source> -> bool
<Extension()>
Public Function SequenceEqual(Of TSource) (first As IEnumerable(Of TSource), second As IEnumerable(Of TSource)) As Boolean

#### Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of the input sequences.

#### Parameters

first
IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> to compare to second.

second
IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> to compare to the first sequence.

#### Returns

Boolean

true if the two source sequences are of equal length and their corresponding elements are equal according to the default equality comparer for their type; otherwise, false.

#### Exceptions

first or second is null.

### Examples

The following code examples demonstrate how to use SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>) to determine whether two sequences are equal. In the first two examples, the method determines whether the compared sequences contain references to the same objects. In the third and fourth examples, the method compares the actual data of the objects within the sequences.

In this example the sequences are equal.

class Pet
{
public string Name { get; set; }
public int Age { get; set; }
}

public static void SequenceEqualEx1()
{
Pet pet1 = new Pet { Name = "Turbo", Age = 2 };
Pet pet2 = new Pet { Name = "Peanut", Age = 8 };

// Create two lists of pets.
List<Pet> pets1 = new List<Pet> { pet1, pet2 };
List<Pet> pets2 = new List<Pet> { pet1, pet2 };

bool equal = pets1.SequenceEqual(pets2);

Console.WriteLine(
"The lists {0} equal.",
equal ? "are" : "are not");
}

/*
This code produces the following output:

The lists are equal.
*/
Class Pet
Public Name As String
Public Age As Integer
End Class

Sub SequenceEqualEx1()
' Create two Pet objects.
Dim pet1 As New Pet With {.Name = "Turbo", .Age = 2}
Dim pet2 As New Pet With {.Name = "Peanut", .Age = 8}

' Create two lists of pets.
Dim pets1 As New List(Of Pet)(New Pet() {pet1, pet2})
Dim pets2 As New List(Of Pet)(New Pet() {pet1, pet2})

'Determine if the two lists are equal.
Dim equal As Boolean = pets1.SequenceEqual(pets2)

' Display the output.
Dim text As String = IIf(equal, "are", "are not")
Console.WriteLine(\$"The lists {text} equal.")

End Sub

' This code produces the following output:
'
' The lists are equal.

The following code example compares two sequences that are not equal. Note that the sequences contain identical data, but because the objects that they contain have different references, the sequences are not considered equal.

class Pet
{
public string Name { get; set; }
public int Age { get; set; }
}

public static void SequenceEqualEx2()
{
Pet pet1 = new Pet() { Name = "Turbo", Age = 2 };
Pet pet2 = new Pet() { Name = "Peanut", Age = 8 };

// Create two lists of pets.
List<Pet> pets1 = new List<Pet> { pet1, pet2 };
List<Pet> pets2 =
new List<Pet> { new Pet { Name = "Turbo", Age = 2 },
new Pet { Name = "Peanut", Age = 8 } };

bool equal = pets1.SequenceEqual(pets2);

Console.WriteLine("The lists {0} equal.", equal ? "are" : "are not");
}

/*
This code produces the following output:

The lists are not equal.
*/
' Create two Pet objects.
Dim pet1 As New Pet With {.Name = "Turbo", .Age = 2}
Dim pet2 As New Pet With {.Name = "Peanut", .Age = 8}

' Create two lists of pets.
Dim pets1 As New List(Of Pet)()

Dim pets2 As New List(Of Pet)()
pets2.Add(New Pet With {.Name = "Turbo", .Age = 2})
pets2.Add(New Pet With {.Name = "Peanut", .Age = 8})

' Determine if the two lists are equal.
Dim equal As Boolean = pets1.SequenceEqual(pets2)

' Display the output.
Dim text As String = IIf(equal, "are", "are not")
Console.WriteLine(\$"The lists {text} equal.")

' This code produces the following output:
'
' The lists are not equal.

If you want to compare the actual data of the objects in the sequences instead of just comparing their references, you have to implement the IEqualityComparer<T> generic interface in your class. The following code example shows how to implement this interface in a helper class and provide GetHashCode and Equals methods.

public class ProductA: IEquatable<ProductA>
{
public string Name { get; set; }
public int Code { get; set; }

public bool Equals(ProductA other)
{
if (other is null)
return false;

return this.Name == other.Name && this.Code == other.Code;
}

public override bool Equals(object obj) => Equals(obj as ProductA);
public override int GetHashCode() => (Name, Code).GetHashCode();
}
Public Class ProductA
Inherits IEquatable(Of ProductA)

Public Property Name As String
Public Property Code As Integer

Public Function Equals(ByVal other As ProductA) As Boolean
If other Is Nothing Then Return False
Return Me.Name = other.Name AndAlso Me.Code = other.Code
End Function

Public Overrides Function Equals(ByVal obj As Object) As Boolean
Return Equals(TryCast(obj, ProductA))
End Function

Public Overrides Function GetHashCode() As Integer
Return (Name, Code).GetHashCode()
End Function

End Class

After you implement this interface, you can use sequences of ProductA objects in the SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>) method, as shown in the following example:

ProductA[] storeA = { new ProductA { Name = "apple", Code = 9 },
new ProductA { Name = "orange", Code = 4 } };

ProductA[] storeB = { new ProductA { Name = "apple", Code = 9 },
new ProductA { Name = "orange", Code = 4 } };

bool equalAB = storeA.SequenceEqual(storeB);

Console.WriteLine("Equal? " + equalAB);

/*
This code produces the following output:

Equal? True
*/
Dim storeA() As Product =
{New Product With {.Name = "apple", .Code = 9},
New Product With {.Name = "orange", .Code = 4}}

Dim storeB() As Product =
{New Product With {.Name = "apple", .Code = 9},
New Product With {.Name = "orange", .Code = 4}}

Dim equalAB = storeA.SequenceEqual(storeB)

Console.WriteLine("Equal? " & equalAB)

' This code produces the following output:

' Equal? True

### Remarks

The SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>) method enumerates the two source sequences in parallel and compares corresponding elements by using the default equality comparer for TSource, Default.

The default equality comparer, Default, is used to compare values of the types. To compare a custom data type, you need to override the Equals and the GetHashCode methods, and optionally implement the IEquatable<T> generic interface in the custom type. For more information, see the Default property.

## SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>)

Determines whether two sequences are equal by comparing their elements by using a specified IEqualityComparer<T>.

public:
generic <typename TSource>
[System::Runtime::CompilerServices::Extension]
static bool SequenceEqual(System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<TSource> ^ first, System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<TSource> ^ second, System::Collections::Generic::IEqualityComparer<TSource> ^ comparer);
public static bool SequenceEqual<TSource> (this System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> first, System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> second, System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<TSource> comparer);
public static bool SequenceEqual<TSource> (this System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> first, System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> second, System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<TSource>? comparer);
static member SequenceEqual : seq<'Source> * seq<'Source> * System.Collections.Generic.IEqualityComparer<'Source> -> bool
<Extension()>
Public Function SequenceEqual(Of TSource) (first As IEnumerable(Of TSource), second As IEnumerable(Of TSource), comparer As IEqualityComparer(Of TSource)) As Boolean

#### Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of the input sequences.

#### Parameters

first
IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> to compare to second.

second
IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> to compare to the first sequence.

comparer
IEqualityComparer<TSource>

An IEqualityComparer<T> to use to compare elements.

#### Returns

Boolean

true if the two source sequences are of equal length and their corresponding elements compare equal according to comparer; otherwise, false.

#### Exceptions

first or second is null.

### Examples

The following example shows how to implement an equality comparer that can be used in the SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>) method.

public class Product
{
public string Name { get; set; }
public int Code { get; set; }
}

// Custom comparer for the Product class
class ProductComparer : IEqualityComparer<Product>
{
// Products are equal if their names and product numbers are equal.
public bool Equals(Product x, Product y)
{

//Check whether the compared objects reference the same data.
if (Object.ReferenceEquals(x, y)) return true;

//Check whether any of the compared objects is null.
if (Object.ReferenceEquals(x, null) || Object.ReferenceEquals(y, null))
return false;

//Check whether the products' properties are equal.
return x.Code == y.Code && x.Name == y.Name;
}

// If Equals() returns true for a pair of objects
// then GetHashCode() must return the same value for these objects.

public int GetHashCode(Product product)
{
//Check whether the object is null
if (Object.ReferenceEquals(product, null)) return 0;

//Get hash code for the Name field if it is not null.
int hashProductName = product.Name == null ? 0 : product.Name.GetHashCode();

//Get hash code for the Code field.
int hashProductCode = product.Code.GetHashCode();

//Calculate the hash code for the product.
return hashProductName ^ hashProductCode;
}
}
Public Class Product
Public Property Name As String
Public Property Code As Integer
End Class

' Custom comparer for the Product class
Public Class ProductComparer
Implements IEqualityComparer(Of Product)

Public Function Equals1(
ByVal x As Product,
ByVal y As Product
) As Boolean Implements IEqualityComparer(Of Product).Equals

' Check whether the compared objects reference the same data.
If x Is y Then Return True

'Check whether any of the compared objects is null.
If x Is Nothing OrElse y Is Nothing Then Return False

' Check whether the products' properties are equal.
Return (x.Code = y.Code) AndAlso (x.Name = y.Name)
End Function

Public Function GetHashCode1(
ByVal product As Product
) As Integer Implements IEqualityComparer(Of Product).GetHashCode

' Check whether the object is null.
If product Is Nothing Then Return 0

' Get hash code for the Name field if it is not null.
Dim hashProductName =
If(product.Name Is Nothing, 0, product.Name.GetHashCode())

' Get hash code for the Code field.
Dim hashProductCode = product.Code.GetHashCode()

' Calculate the hash code for the product.
Return hashProductName Xor hashProductCode
End Function
End Class

After you implement this comparer, you can use sequences of Product objects in the SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>) method, as shown in the following example:

Product[] storeA = { new Product { Name = "apple", Code = 9 },
new Product { Name = "orange", Code = 4 } };

Product[] storeB = { new Product { Name = "apple", Code = 9 },
new Product { Name = "orange", Code = 4 } };

bool equalAB = storeA.SequenceEqual(storeB, new ProductComparer());

Console.WriteLine("Equal? " + equalAB);

/*
This code produces the following output:

Equal? True
*/

Dim storeA() As Product =
{New Product With {.Name = "apple", .Code = 9},
New Product With {.Name = "orange", .Code = 4}}

Dim storeB() As Product =
{New Product With {.Name = "apple", .Code = 9},
New Product With {.Name = "orange", .Code = 4}}

Dim equalAB = storeA.SequenceEqual(storeB, New ProductComparer())

Console.WriteLine("Equal? " & equalAB)

' This code produces the following output:

' Equal? True

### Remarks

The SequenceEqual<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, IEnumerable<TSource>, IEqualityComparer<TSource>) method enumerates the two source sequences in parallel and compares corresponding elements by using the specified IEqualityComparer<T>. If comparer is null, the default equality comparer, Default, is used to compare elements.