Type.IsAssignableFrom Method

Determines whether an instance of the current Type can be assigned from an instance of the specified Type.

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


Public Overridable Function IsAssignableFrom ( _
    c As Type _
) As Boolean
public virtual bool IsAssignableFrom(
    Type c


  • c
    Type: System.Type
    The Type to compare with the current Type.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if c and the current Type represent the same type, or if the current Type is in the inheritance hierarchy of c, or if the current Type is an interface that c implements, or if c is a generic type parameter and the current Type represents one of the constraints of c. false if none of these conditions are true, or if c is nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


This method can be overridden by a derived class.


A generic type definition is not assignable from a closed constructed type. That is, you cannot assign the closed constructed type MyGenericList<int> (MyGenericList(Of Integer) in Visual Basic) to a variable of type MyGenericList<T>.

You can determine the element types of a Type using GetElementType.

If the c parameter is of type TypeBuilder, the result is based on the type that is to be built. The following code example demonstrates this using a built type named B.

TypeBuilder b1 = moduleBuilder.DefineType("B", TypeAttributes.Public, typeof(A));
// Returns true:


The following example demonstrates the IsAssignableFrom method using defined classes, integer arrays, and generics.

Imports System.Collections.Generic

Class Example

   Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)

      ' Demonstrate classes:
      outputBlock.Text &= "Defined Classes:" & vbCrLf
      Dim room1 As Room = New Room
      Dim kitchen1 As Kitchen = New Kitchen
      Dim bedroom1 As Bedroom = New Bedroom
      Dim guestroom1 As Guestroom = New Guestroom
      Dim masterbedroom1 As MasterBedroom = New MasterBedroom

      Dim room1Type As Type = room1.GetType
      Dim kitchen1Type As Type = kitchen1.GetType
      Dim bedroom1Type As Type = bedroom1.GetType
      Dim guestroom1Type As Type = guestroom1.GetType
      Dim masterbedroom1Type As Type = masterbedroom1.GetType

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("room assignable from kitchen: {0}", _
         room1Type.IsAssignableFrom(kitchen1Type)) & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("bedroom assignable from guestroom: {0}", _
         bedroom1Type.IsAssignableFrom(guestroom1Type)) & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("kitchen assignable from masterbedroom: {0}", _
         kitchen1Type.IsAssignableFrom(masterbedroom1Type)) & vbCrLf

      ' Demonstrate arrays:
      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= "Integer arrays:" & vbCrLf

      Dim array10(10) As Integer
      Dim array2(2) As Integer
      Dim array22(2, 2) As Integer
      Dim array24(2, 4) As Integer

      Dim array10Type As Type = array10.GetType
      Dim array2Type As Type = array2.GetType
      Dim array22Type As Type = array22.GetType
      Dim array24Type As Type = array24.GetType

      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("Integer(2) assignable from Integer(10): {0}", _
         array2Type.IsAssignableFrom(array10Type)) & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("Integer(2) assignable from Integer(2,4): {0}", _
         array2Type.IsAssignableFrom(array24Type)) & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= String.Format("Integer(2,4) assignable from Integer(2,2): {0}", _
         array24Type.IsAssignableFrom(array22Type)) & vbCrLf

      ' Demonstrate generics:
      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= "Generics:" & vbCrLf
      ' Note that "int?[]" is the same as "Nullable<int>[]"

      Dim arrayNull(10) As Nullable(Of Integer)
      Dim genIntList As New List(Of Integer)
      Dim genObjList As New List(Of Object)
      Dim genExList As New List(Of Exception)

      Dim arrayNullType As Type = arrayNull.GetType
      Dim genIntListType As Type = genIntList.GetType
      Dim genObjListType As Type = genObjList.GetType
      Dim genExListType As Type = genExList.GetType

      outputBlock.Text &= _
         String.Format("Integer(10) assignable from Nullable(Of Integer)(10): {0}", _
         array10Type.IsAssignableFrom(arrayNullType)) & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= _
         String.Format("List(Of Object) assignable from List(Of Exception): {0}", _
         genObjListType.IsAssignableFrom(genExListType)) & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= _
         String.Format("List(Of Object) assignable from List(Of Integer): {0}", _
         genObjListType.IsAssignableFrom(genIntListType)) & vbCrLf

   End Sub
End Class

Class Room
End Class

Class Kitchen
   Inherits Room
End Class

Class Bedroom
   Inherits Room
End Class

Class Guestroom
   Inherits Bedroom
End Class

Class MasterBedroom
   Inherits Bedroom
End Class

' This code produces the following output:
'Defined Classes:
'room assignable from kitchen: True
'bedroom assignable from guestroom: True
'kitchen assignable from masterbedroom: False
'Integer arrays:
'Integer(2) assignable from Integer(10): True
'Integer(2) assignable from Integer(2,4): False
'Integer(2,4) assignable from Integer(2,2): True
'Integer(10) assignable from Nullable(Of Integer)(10): False
'List(Of Object) assignable from List(Of Exception): False
'List(Of Object) assignable from List(Of Integer): False
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
class Example
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
      // Demonstrate classes:
      outputBlock.Text += "Defned Classes:" + "\n";
      Room room1 = new Room();
      Kitchen kitchen1 = new Kitchen();
      Bedroom bedroom1 = new Bedroom();
      Guestroom guestroom1 = new Guestroom();
      MasterBedroom masterbedroom1 = new MasterBedroom();

      Type room1Type = room1.GetType();
      Type kitchen1Type = kitchen1.GetType();
      Type bedroom1Type = bedroom1.GetType();
      Type guestroom1Type = guestroom1.GetType();
      Type masterbedroom1Type = masterbedroom1.GetType();

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("room assignable from kitchen: {0}\n", 
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("bedroom assignable from guestroom: {0}\n", 
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("kitchen assignable from masterbedroom: {0}\n", 

      // Demonstrate arrays:
      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += "Integer arrays:\n";

      int[] array2 = new int[2];
      int[] array10 = new int[10];
      int[,] array22 = new int[2, 2];
      int[,] array24 = new int[2, 4];

      Type array2Type = array2.GetType();
      Type array10Type = array10.GetType();
      Type array22Type = array22.GetType();
      Type array24Type = array24.GetType();

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("int[2] assignable from int[10]: {0}\n", 
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("int[2] assignable from int[2,4]: {0}\n", 
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("int[2,4] assignable from int[2,2]: {0}\n", 

      // Demonstrate generics:
      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      outputBlock.Text += "Generics:\n";

      // Note that "int?[]" is the same as "Nullable<int>[]"
      int?[] arrayNull = new int?[10];
      List<int> genIntList = new List<int>();
      List<object> genObjList = new List<object>();
      List<Exception> genExList = new List<Exception>();

      Type arrayNullType = arrayNull.GetType();
      Type genIntListType = genIntList.GetType();
      Type genObjListType = genObjList.GetType();
      Type genExListType = genExList.GetType();

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("int[10] assignable from int?[10]: {0}\n", 
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("List<object> assignable from List<Exception>: {0}\n", 
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("List<object> assignable from List<int>: {0}\n", 
class Room

class Kitchen : Room

class Bedroom : Room

class Guestroom : Bedroom

class MasterBedroom : Bedroom

/* This code produces the following output:

Defined Classes:
room assignable from kitchen: true
bedroom assignable from guestroom: true
kitchen assignable from masterbedroom: false

Integer arrays:
int[2] assignable from int[10]: true
int[2] assignable from int[2,4]: false
int[2,4] assignable from int[2,2]: true

int[10] assignable from int?[10]: false
List<object> assignable from List<Exception>: false
List<object> assignable from List<int>: false

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