x:Static Markup Extension

References any static by-value code entity that is defined in a Common Language Specification (CLS)–compliant way. The static property that is referenced can be used to provide the value of a property in XAML.

XAML Attribute Usage

<object property="{x:Static prefix:typeName.staticMemberName}" .../>  

XAML Values

prefix Optional. A prefix that refers to a mapped, non-default XAML namespace. prefix is shown explicitly in the usage because you rarely reference static properties that come from a default XAML namespace. See Remarks.
typeName Required. The name of the type that defines the desired static member.
staticMemberName Required. The name of the desired static value member (a constant, a static property, a field, or an enumeration value).


The code entity that is referenced must be one of the following:

  • A constant

  • A static property

  • A field

  • An enumeration value

Specifying any other code entity, such as a nonstatic property, causes a compile-time error if the XAML is markup compiled, or a XAML load-time parse exception.

You can make x:Static references to static fields or properties that are not in the default XAML namespace for the current XAML document; however, this requires a prefix mapping. XAML namespaces are almost always defined on the root element of the XAML document.

The lookup operations for static properties can be performed by .NET Framework XAML Services and its XAML readers and XAML writers, when they are running with the default XAML schema context. This XAML schema context can use CLR reflection to provide the necessary static values for object graph construction. The typeName you specify is actually a XAML type name, not a CLR type name, although these are essentially the same name when using the default XAML schema context or when using all existing CLR-based XAML-implementing frameworks.

Use caution when you make x:Static references that are not directly the type of a property's value. In the XAML processing sequence, provided values from a markup extension do not invoke additional value conversion. This is true even if your x:Static reference creates a text string, and a value conversion for attribute values based on text string typically occurs either for that specific member or for any member values of the return type.

Attribute syntax is the most common syntax used with this markup extension. The string token provided after the x:Static identifier string is assigned as the Member value of the underlying StaticExtension extension class.

There are two other XAML usages that are technically possible. However, these usages are less common because they are unnecessarily verbose:

Object element syntax: <x:Static Member=" prefix : typeName . staticMemberName " .../>

Attribute syntax with explicit Member property for initialization string: < object ` property`="{x:Static Member= prefix : typeName . staticMemberName }" .../>

In the .NET Framework XAML Services implementation, the handling for this markup extension is defined by the StaticExtension class.

x:Static is a markup extension. All markup extensions in XAML use the { and } characters in their attribute syntax, which is the convention by which a XAML processor recognizes that a markup extension must provide a value. For more information about markup extensions, see Markup Extensions for XAML Overview.

WPF Usage Notes

The default XAML namespace you use for WPF programming does not contain many useful static properties, and most of the useful static properties have support such as type converters that facilitate the usage without requiring {x:Static} . For static properties, you must map a prefix for a XAML namespace if one of the following is true:

  • You are referencing a type that exists in WPF but is not part of the default XAML namespace for WPF (http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation). This is a fairly common scenario for using x:Static. For example, you might use an x:Static reference with a XAML namespace mapping to the System CLR namespace and mscorlib assembly in order to reference the static properties of the Environment class.

  • You are referencing a type from a custom assembly.

  • You are referencing a type that exists in a WPF assembly, but that type is within a CLR namespace that was not mapped to be part of the WPF default XAML namespace. The mapping of CLR namespaces into the default XAML namespace for WPF is performed by definitions in the various WPF assemblies (for more information about this concept, see XAML Namespaces and Namespace Mapping for WPF XAML). Non-mapped CLR namespaces can exist if that CLR namespace is composed mostly of class definitions that are not typically intended for XAML, such as System.Windows.Threading.

For more information on how to use prefixes and XAML namespaces for WPF, see XAML Namespaces and Namespace Mapping for WPF XAML.

See Also

x:Type Markup Extension
Types Migrated from WPF to System.Xaml