Object.ReferenceEquals Method

Updated: October 2010

Determines whether the specified object instances are the same instance.

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


Public Shared Function ReferenceEquals ( _
    objA As Object, _
    objB As Object _
) As Boolean
public static bool ReferenceEquals(
    Object objA,
    Object objB


Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if objA is the same instance as objB or if both are nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic); otherwise, false.


Unlike the Equals method and the equality operator, the ReferenceEquals method cannot be overridden. Because of this, if you want to test two object references for equality and are unsure about the implementation of the Equals method, you can call the ReferenceEquals method. However, note that if objA and objB are value types, they are boxed before they are passed to the ReferenceEquals method.


The following code example uses ReferenceEquals to determine if two objects are the same instance.

Public Class Example
   Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
    Dim o As Object = Nothing
    Dim p As Object = Nothing
    Dim q As New Object
    outputBlock.Text += Object.ReferenceEquals(o, p) & vbCrLf
    p = q
    outputBlock.Text += Object.ReferenceEquals(p, q) & vbCrLf
    outputBlock.Text += Object.ReferenceEquals(o, p) & vbCrLf
   End Sub
End Class
' This code produces the following output:
' True
' True
' False
using System;

class Example

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
        object o = null;
        object p = null;
        object q = new Object();

        outputBlock.Text += Object.ReferenceEquals(o, p) + "\n";
        p = q;
        outputBlock.Text += Object.ReferenceEquals(p, q) + "\n";
        outputBlock.Text += Object.ReferenceEquals(o, p) + "\n";


This code produces the following output.



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.

See Also


Change History




October 2010

Added the Remarks section.

Customer feedback.