MemberInfo.GetCustomAttributes Method (Type, Boolean)

When overridden in a derived class, returns an array of custom attributes applied to this member and identified by Type.

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


Public MustOverride Function GetCustomAttributes ( _
    attributeType As Type, _
    inherit As Boolean _
) As Object()
public abstract Object[] GetCustomAttributes(
    Type attributeType,
    bool inherit


  • attributeType
    Type: System.Type
    The type of attribute to search for. Only attributes that are assignable to this type are returned.
  • inherit
    Type: System.Boolean
    true to search this member's inheritance chain to find the attributes; otherwise, false. This parameter is ignored for properties and events; see Remarks.

Return Value

Type: array<System.Object[]
An array of custom attributes applied to this member, or an array with zero elements if no attributes assignable to attributeType have been applied.


ICustomAttributeProvider.GetCustomAttributes(Type, Boolean)


Exception Condition

A custom attribute type could not be loaded.


attributeType is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


This method ignores the inherit parameter for properties and events. To search the inheritance chain for attributes on properties and events, use the appropriate overloads of the Attribute.GetCustomAttributes method.

Platform Notes

Silverlight for Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Phone

 Some attribute constructor arguments and property values can cause MemberInfo.GetCustomAttributes to fail.

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.