Enum.HasFlag Method

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Determines whether one or more bit fields are set in the current instance.

Namespace: System
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)


Public Function HasFlag ( _
    flag As Enum _
) As Boolean
public bool HasFlag(
    Enum flag


Return Value

Type: System..::.Boolean
true if the bit field or bit fields that are set in flag are also set in the current instance; otherwise, false.


Exception Condition

flag is a different type than the current instance.


The HasFlag method returns the result of the following Boolean expression.

thisInstance And flag = flag 

If the underlying value of flag is zero, the method returns true. If this behavior is not desirable, you can use the Equals method to test for equality with zero and call HasFlag only if the underlying value of flag is non-zero, as the following example illustrates.

The HasFlag method is designed to be used with enumeration types that are marked with the FlagsAttribute attribute. For enumeration types that are not marked with the FlagsAttribute attribute, call either the Equals method or the CompareTo method.


The following example defines an ItemsOrdered enumeration that reflects categories of items that a customer can order in a restaurant. The example tests whether the customer has ordered both an entrée and a beverage.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0

See Also


Enum Class

System Namespace