Type.GetProperty Method (String, Type, array<Type>[]()[])

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

Searches for the specified public property whose parameters match the specified argument types.

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


Public Function GetProperty ( _
    name As String, _
    returnType As Type, _
    types As Type() _
) As PropertyInfo
public PropertyInfo GetProperty(
    string name,
    Type returnType,
    Type[] types


  • types
    Type: array<System..::.Type>[]()[]
    An array of Type objects representing the number, order, and type of the parameters for the indexed property to get.
    An empty array of the type Type (that is, Type[] types = new Type[0]) to get a property that is not indexed.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection..::.PropertyInfo
A PropertyInfo object representing the public property whose parameters match the specified argument types, if found; otherwise, nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


Exception Condition

More than one property is found with the specified name and matching the specified argument types.


name is nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


types is nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


types is multidimensional.


An element of types is nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


A property is considered public to reflection if it has at least one accessor that is public. Otherwise the property is considered private, and you must use BindingFlags..::.NonPublic | BindingFlags..::.Instance | BindingFlags..::.Static (in Visual Basic, combine the values using Or) to get it.

The search for name is case-sensitive. The search includes public static and public instance properties.

If the current Type represents a constructed generic type, this method returns the PropertyInfo with the type parameters replaced by the appropriate type arguments.

If the current Type represents a type parameter in the definition of a generic type or generic method, this method searches the properties of the class constraint.

Indexers and Default Properties

Visual Basic 2005, Visual C# 2005, and Visual C++ 2005 have simplified syntax for accessing indexed properties and allow one indexed property to be a default for its type. For example, if the variable myList refers to a List<(Of <(T>)>), the syntax myList[3] (myList(3) in Visual Basic) retrieves the element with the index of 3. You can overload the property.

In C#, this feature is called an indexer and cannot be refered to by name. By default, a C# indexer appears in metadata as an indexed property named "Item". However, a class library developer can use the IndexerNameAttribute attribute to change the name of the indexer in the metadata. For example, the String class has an indexer named Chars. Indexed properties created using languages other than C# can have names other than Item, as well.

To determine whether a type has a default property, use the GetCustomAttributes(Type, Boolean) method to test for the DefaultMemberAttribute attribute. If the type has DefaultMemberAttribute, the MemberName property returns the name of the default property.

Version Notes

Windows Phone

GetProperty throws NullReferenceException instead of ArgumentNullException when types contains a nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) element.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

See Also


Type Class

GetProperty Overload

System Namespace