Enumerable.FirstOrDefault Enumerable.FirstOrDefault Enumerable.FirstOrDefault Enumerable.FirstOrDefault Method

Definition

Returns the first element of a sequence, or a default value if no element is found.

Overloads

FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>)

Returns the first element of the sequence that satisfies a condition or a default value if no such element is found.

FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>)

Returns the first element of a sequence, or a default value if the sequence contains no elements.

FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>)

Returns the first element of the sequence that satisfies a condition or a default value if no such element is found.

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

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

Parameters

source
IEnumerable<TSource>

An IEnumerable<T> to return an element from.

predicate
Func<TSource,Boolean>

A function to test each element for a condition.

Returns

TSource TSource TSource TSource

default(TSource) if source is empty or if no element passes the test specified by predicate; otherwise, the first element in source that passes the test specified by predicate.

Exceptions

Examples

The following code example demonstrates how to use FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,Boolean>) by passing in a predicate. In the second call to the method, there is no element in the array that satisfies the condition.

string[] names = { "Hartono, Tommy", "Adams, Terry", 
                     "Andersen, Henriette Thaulow", 
                     "Hedlund, Magnus", "Ito, Shu" };

string firstLongName = names.FirstOrDefault(name => name.Length > 20);

Console.WriteLine("The first long name is '{0}'.", firstLongName);

string firstVeryLongName = names.FirstOrDefault(name => name.Length > 30);

Console.WriteLine(
    "There is {0} name longer than 30 characters.",
    string.IsNullOrEmpty(firstVeryLongName) ? "not a" : "a");

/*
 This code produces the following output:

 The first long name is 'Andersen, Henriette Thaulow'.
 There is not a name longer than 30 characters.
*/
' Create an array of strings.
Dim names() As String =
{"Hartono, Tommy", "Adams, Terry", "Andersen, Henriette Thaulow", "Hedlund, Magnus", "Ito, Shu"}

' Select the first string in the array whose length is greater than 20.
Dim firstLongName As String =
names.FirstOrDefault(Function(name) name.Length > 20)

' Display the output.
MsgBox("The first long name is " & firstLongName)

' Select the first string in the array whose length is greater than 30,
' or a default value if there are no such strings in the array.
Dim firstVeryLongName As String =
names.FirstOrDefault(Function(name) name.Length > 30)

Dim text As String = IIf(String.IsNullOrEmpty(firstVeryLongName), "not a", "a")

MsgBox("There is " & text & " name longer than 30 characters.")

' This code produces the following output:
'
' The first long name is Andersen, Henriette Thaulow
'
' There is not a name longer than 30 characters.

Remarks

The default value for reference and nullable types is null.

FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>)

Returns the first element of a sequence, or a default value if the sequence contains no elements.

public:
generic <typename TSource>
[System::Runtime::CompilerServices::Extension]
 static TSource FirstOrDefault(System::Collections::Generic::IEnumerable<TSource> ^ source);
public static TSource FirstOrDefault<TSource> (this System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> source);
static member FirstOrDefault : seq<'Source> -> 'Source
<Extension()>
Public Function FirstOrDefault(Of TSource) (source As IEnumerable(Of TSource)) As TSource

Type Parameters

TSource

The type of the elements of source.

Parameters

source
IEnumerable<TSource>

The IEnumerable<T> to return the first element of.

Returns

TSource TSource TSource TSource

default(TSource) if source is empty; otherwise, the first element in source.

Exceptions

Examples

The following code example demonstrates how to use FirstOrDefault<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) on an empty array.

int[] numbers = { };
int first = numbers.FirstOrDefault();
Console.WriteLine(first);

/*
 This code produces the following output:

 0
*/
' Create an empty array.
Dim numbers() As Integer = {}

' Select the first element in the array, or a default value
' if there are not elements in the array.
Dim first As Integer = numbers.FirstOrDefault()

' Display the output.
MsgBox(first)

' This code produces the following output:
'
' 0

Sometimes the value of default(TSource) is not the default value that you want to use if the collection contains no elements. Instead of checking the result for the unwanted default value and then changing it if necessary, you can use the DefaultIfEmpty<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, TSource) method to specify the default value that you want to use if the collection is empty. Then, call First<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>) to obtain the first element. The following code example uses both techniques to obtain a default value of 1 if a collection of numeric months is empty. Because the default value for an integer is 0, which does not correspond to any month, the default value must be specified as 1 instead. The first result variable is checked for the unwanted default value after the query has finished executing. The second result variable is obtained by using DefaultIfEmpty<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, TSource) to specify a default value of 1.

List<int> months = new List<int> { };

// Setting the default value to 1 after the query.
int firstMonth1 = months.FirstOrDefault();
if (firstMonth1 == 0)
{
    firstMonth1 = 1;
}
Console.WriteLine("The value of the firstMonth1 variable is {0}", firstMonth1);

// Setting the default value to 1 by using DefaultIfEmpty() in the query.
int firstMonth2 = months.DefaultIfEmpty(1).First();
Console.WriteLine("The value of the firstMonth2 variable is {0}", firstMonth2);

/*
 This code produces the following output:

 The value of the firstMonth1 variable is 1
 The value of the firstMonth2 variable is 1
*/
Dim months As New List(Of Integer)(New Integer() {})

' Setting the default value to 1 after the query.
Dim firstMonth1 As Integer = months.FirstOrDefault()
If firstMonth1 = 0 Then
    firstMonth1 = 1
End If
MsgBox(String.Format("The value of the firstMonth1 variable is {0}", firstMonth1))

' Setting the default value to 1 by using DefaultIfEmpty() in the query.
Dim firstMonth2 As Integer = months.DefaultIfEmpty(1).First()
MsgBox(String.Format("The value of the firstMonth2 variable is {0}", firstMonth2))

' This code produces the following output:
'
' The value of the firstMonth1 variable is 1
' The value of the firstMonth2 variable is 1

Remarks

The default value for reference and nullable types is null.

The FirstOrDefault method does not provide a way to specify a default value. If you want to specify a default value other than default(TSource), use the DefaultIfEmpty<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, TSource) method as described in the Example section.

Applies to