as (C# Reference)

You can use the as operator to perform certain types of conversions between compatible reference types or nullable types. The following code shows an example.

class csrefKeywordsOperators
       class Base
           public override string  ToString()
                 return "Base";
       class Derived : Base 
       { }

       class Program
           static void Main()

               Derived d = new Derived();

               Base b = d as Base;
               if (b != null)



The as operator is like a cast operation. However, if the conversion isn't possible, as returns null instead of raising an exception. Consider the following example:

expression as type

The code is equivalent to the following expression except that the expression variable is evaluated only one time.

expression is type ? (type)expression : (type)null

Note that the as operator performs only reference conversions, nullable conversions, and boxing conversions. The as operator can't perform other conversions, such as user-defined conversions, which should instead be performed by using cast expressions.


class ClassA { }
class ClassB { }

class MainClass
    static void Main()
        object[] objArray = new object[6];
        objArray[0] = new ClassA();
        objArray[1] = new ClassB();
        objArray[2] = "hello";
        objArray[3] = 123;
        objArray[4] = 123.4;
        objArray[5] = null;

        for (int i = 0; i < objArray.Length; ++i)
            string s = objArray[i] as string;
            Console.Write("{0}:", i);
            if (s != null)
                Console.WriteLine("'" + s + "'");
                Console.WriteLine("not a string");
0:not a string
1:not a string
3:not a string
4:not a string
5:not a string

C# Language Specification

For more information, see the C# Language Specification. The language specification is the definitive source for C# syntax and usage.

See Also


C# Keywords

is (C# Reference)

?: Operator (C# Reference)

Operator Keywords (C# Reference)


C# Programming Guide

Other Resources

C# Reference