Enumerable.OrderBy Method

Definition

Overloads

Order<wbr>By<TSource,TKey>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,TKey>)

Sorts the elements of a sequence in ascending order according to a key.

Order<wbr>By<TSource,TKey>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,TKey>, IComparer<TKey>)

Sorts the elements of a sequence in ascending order by using a specified comparer.

OrderBy(IEnumerable, Func)

Sorts the elements of a sequence in ascending order according to a key.

public static System.Linq.IOrderedEnumerable<TSource> OrderBy<TSource,TKey> (this System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> source, Func<TSource,TKey> keySelector);
Type Parameters
TSource

The type of the elements of source.

TKey

The type of the key returned by keySelector.

Parameters
source
IEnumerable<TSource>

A sequence of values to order.

keySelector
Func<TSource,TKey>

A function to extract a key from an element.

Returns

An IOrderedEnumerable<TElement> whose elements are sorted according to a key.

Exceptions

source or keySelector is null.

Examples

The following code example demonstrates how to use OrderBy<TSource,TKey>(IEnumerable<TSource>, Func<TSource,TKey>) to sort the elements of a sequence.

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

public static void OrderByEx1()
{
    Pet[] pets = { new Pet { Name="Barley", Age=8 },
                   new Pet { Name="Boots", Age=4 },
                   new Pet { Name="Whiskers", Age=1 } };

    IEnumerable<Pet> query = pets.OrderBy(pet => pet.Age);

    foreach (Pet pet in query)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("{0} - {1}", pet.Name, pet.Age);
    }
}

/*
 This code produces the following output:

 Whiskers - 1
 Boots - 4
 Barley - 8
*/

Structure Pet
    Public Name As String
    Public Age As Integer
End Structure

Sub OrderByEx1()
    ' Create an array of Pet objects.
    Dim pets() As Pet = {New Pet With {.Name = "Barley", .Age = 8},
                     New Pet With {.Name = "Boots", .Age = 4},
                     New Pet With {.Name = "Whiskers", .Age = 1}}

    ' Order the Pet objects by their Age property.
    Dim query As IEnumerable(Of Pet) =
    pets.OrderBy(Function(pet) pet.Age)

    Dim output As New System.Text.StringBuilder
    For Each pt As Pet In query
        output.AppendLine(pt.Name & " - " & pt.Age)
    Next

    ' Display the output.
    MsgBox(output.ToString())
End Sub

' This code produces the following output:
'
' Whiskers - 1
' Boots - 4
' Barley - 8

Remarks

This method is implemented by using deferred execution. The immediate return value is an object that stores all the information that is required to perform the action. The query represented by this method is not executed until the object is enumerated either by calling its GetEnumerator method directly or by using foreach in Visual C# or For Each in Visual Basic.

To order a sequence by the values of the elements themselves, specify the identity function (x => x in Visual C# or Function(x) x in Visual Basic) for keySelector.

Two methods are defined to extend the type IOrderedEnumerable<TElement>, which is the return type of this method. These two methods, namely ThenBy and ThenByDescending, enable you to specify additional sort criteria to sort a sequence. ThenBy and ThenByDescending also return an IOrderedEnumerable<TElement>, which means any number of consecutive calls to ThenBy or ThenByDescending can be made.

Note

Because IOrderedEnumerable<TElement> inherits from IEnumerable<T>, you can call OrderBy or OrderByDescending on the results of a call to OrderBy, OrderByDescending, ThenBy or ThenByDescending. Doing this introduces a new primary ordering that ignores the previously established ordering.

This method compares keys by using the default comparer Default.

This method performs a stable sort; that is, if the keys of two elements are equal, the order of the elements is preserved. In contrast, an unstable sort does not preserve the order of elements that have the same key.

In query expression syntax, an orderby (Visual C#) or Order By (Visual Basic) clause translates to an invocation of OrderBy.

OrderBy(IEnumerable, Func, IComparer)

Sorts the elements of a sequence in ascending order by using a specified comparer.

public static System.Linq.IOrderedEnumerable<TSource> OrderBy<TSource,TKey> (this System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource> source, Func<TSource,TKey> keySelector, System.Collections.Generic.IComparer<TKey> comparer);
Type Parameters
TSource

The type of the elements of source.

TKey

The type of the key returned by keySelector.

Parameters
source
IEnumerable<TSource>

A sequence of values to order.

keySelector
Func<TSource,TKey>

A function to extract a key from an element.

comparer
IComparer<TKey>

An IComparer<T> to compare keys.

Returns

An IOrderedEnumerable<TElement> whose elements are sorted according to a key.

Exceptions

source or keySelector is null.

Remarks

This method is implemented by using deferred execution. The immediate return value is an object that stores all the information that is required to perform the action. The query represented by this method is not executed until the object is enumerated either by calling its GetEnumerator method directly or by using foreach in Visual C# or For Each in Visual Basic.

To order a sequence by the values of the elements themselves, specify the identity function (x => x in Visual C# or Function(x) x in Visual Basic) for keySelector.

Two methods are defined to extend the type IOrderedEnumerable<TElement>, which is the return type of this method. These two methods, namely ThenBy and ThenByDescending, enable you to specify additional sort criteria to sort a sequence. ThenBy and ThenByDescending also return an IOrderedEnumerable<TElement>, which means any number of consecutive calls to ThenBy or ThenByDescending can be made.

Note

Because IOrderedEnumerable<TElement> inherits from IEnumerable<T>, you can call OrderBy or OrderByDescending on the results of a call to OrderBy, OrderByDescending, ThenBy or ThenByDescending. Doing this introduces a new primary ordering that ignores the previously established ordering.

If comparer is null, the default comparer Default is used to compare keys.

This method performs a stable sort; that is, if the keys of two elements are equal, the order of the elements is preserved. In contrast, an unstable sort does not preserve the order of elements that have the same key.