Enum.GetName(Type, Object) Enum.GetName(Type, Object) Enum.GetName(Type, Object) Enum.GetName(Type, Object) Method

Definition

Retrieves the name of the constant in the specified enumeration that has the specified value.

public:
 static System::String ^ GetName(Type ^ enumType, System::Object ^ value);
[System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisible(true)]
public static string GetName (Type enumType, object value);
static member GetName : Type * obj -> string
Public Shared Function GetName (enumType As Type, value As Object) As String
Parameters
enumType
Type Type Type Type

An enumeration type.

value
Object Object Object Object

The value of a particular enumerated constant in terms of its underlying type.

Returns

A string containing the name of the enumerated constant in enumType whose value is value; or null if no such constant is found.

Exceptions

enumType is not an Enum.

-or-

value is neither of type enumType nor does it have the same underlying type as enumType.

Examples

The following example illustrates the use of GetName.

using namespace System;

enum class Colors
{
   Red, Green, Blue, Yellow
};

enum class Styles
{
   Plaid, Striped, Tartan, Corduroy
};

int main()
{
   Console::WriteLine(  "The 4th value of the Colors Enum is {0}", Enum::GetName( Colors::typeid, 3 ) );
   Console::WriteLine(  "The 4th value of the Styles Enum is {0}", Enum::GetName( Styles::typeid, 3 ) );
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       The 4th value of the Colors Enum is Yellow
//       The 4th value of the Styles Enum is Corduroy
using System;

public class GetNameTest {
    enum Colors { Red, Green, Blue, Yellow };
    enum Styles { Plaid, Striped, Tartan, Corduroy };

    public static void Main() {

        Console.WriteLine("The 4th value of the Colors Enum is {0}", Enum.GetName(typeof(Colors), 3));
        Console.WriteLine("The 4th value of the Styles Enum is {0}", Enum.GetName(typeof(Styles), 3));
    }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//       The 4th value of the Colors Enum is Yellow
//       The 4th value of the Styles Enum is Corduroy
Imports System

Public Class GetNameTest
    
    Enum Colors
        Red
        Green
        Blue
        Yellow
    End Enum 'Colors
    
    Enum Styles
        Plaid
        Striped
        Tartan
        Corduroy
    End Enum 'Styles
    
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        Console.WriteLine("The 4th value of the Colors Enum is {0}", [Enum].GetName(GetType(Colors), 3))
        Console.WriteLine("The 4th value of the Styles Enum is {0}", [Enum].GetName(GetType(Styles), 3))
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'GetNameTest
' The example displays the following output:
'       The 4th value of the Colors Enum is Yellow
'       The 4th value of the Styles Enum is Corduroy

Remarks

If multiple enumeration members have the same underlying value, the GetName method guarantees that it will return the name of one of those enumeration members. However, it does not guarantee that it will always return the name of the same enumeration member. As a result, when multiple enumeration members have the same value, your application code should never depend on the method returning a particular member's name.

Applies to