Attribute.GetCustomAttributes Method (MemberInfo, Boolean)

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

Retrieves an array of the custom attributes applied to a member of a type. Parameters specify the member, the type of the custom attribute to search for, and whether to search ancestors of the member.

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


Public Shared Function GetCustomAttributes ( _
    element As MemberInfo, _
    inherit As Boolean _
) As Attribute()
public static Attribute[] GetCustomAttributes(
    MemberInfo element,
    bool inherit


  • inherit
    Type: System..::.Boolean
    If true, specifies to also search the ancestors of element for custom attributes.

Return Value

Type: array<System..::.Attribute>[]()[]
An Attribute array that contains the custom attributes applied to element, or an empty array if no such custom attributes exist.


Exception Condition

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


element is not a constructor, method, property, event, type, or field.


A custom attribute type cannot be loaded.


The return value contains the custom attributes for ancestors of element if inherit is true.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

See Also


Attribute Class

GetCustomAttributes Overload

System Namespace