List<T>.AddRange Method

Adds the elements of the specified collection to the end of the List<T>.

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

Syntax

'Declaration
Public Sub AddRange ( _
    collection As IEnumerable(Of T) _
)
public void AddRange(
    IEnumerable<T> collection
)

Parameters

  • collection
    Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<T>
    The collection whose elements should be added to the end of the List<T>. The collection itself cannot be nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), but it can contain elements that are nulla null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), if type T is a reference type.

Exceptions

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

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

Remarks

The order of the elements in the collection is preserved in the List<T>.

If the new Count (the current Count plus the size of the collection) will be greater than Capacity, the capacity of the List<T> is increased by automatically reallocating the internal array to accommodate the new elements, and the existing elements are copied to the new array before the new elements are added.

If the List<T> can accommodate the new elements without increasing the Capacity, this method is an O(n) operation, where n is the number of elements to be added. If the capacity needs to be increased to accommodate the new elements, this method becomes an O(n + m) operation, where n is the number of elements to be added and m is Count.

Examples

The following code example demonstrates the AddRange method and various other methods of the List<T> class that act on ranges. An array of strings is created and passed to the constructor, populating the list with the elements of the array. The AddRange method is called, with the list as its argument. The result is that the current elements of the list are added to the end of the list, duplicating all the elements.

Imports System.Collections.Generic

Public Class Example

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

      Dim input() As String = {"Brachiosaurus", _
                                "Amargasaurus", _
                                "Mamenchisaurus"}

      Dim dinosaurs As New List(Of String)(input)

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(vbLf & "Capacity: {0}", dinosaurs.Capacity) & vbCrLf

      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs
         outputBlock.Text &= dinosaur & vbCrLf
      Next

      outputBlock.Text &= vbLf & "AddRange(dinosaurs)" & vbCrLf
      dinosaurs.AddRange(dinosaurs)

      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs
         outputBlock.Text &= dinosaur & vbCrLf
      Next

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(vbLf & "RemoveRange(2, 2)") & vbCrLf
      dinosaurs.RemoveRange(2, 2)

      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs
         outputBlock.Text &= dinosaur & vbCrLf
      Next

      input = New String() {"Tyrannosaurus", _
                             "Deinonychus", _
                             "Velociraptor"}

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(vbLf & "InsertRange(3, input)") & vbCrLf
      dinosaurs.InsertRange(3, input)

      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      For Each dinosaur As String In dinosaurs
         outputBlock.Text &= dinosaur & vbCrLf
      Next

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(vbLf & "output = dinosaurs.GetRange(2, 3).ToArray") & vbCrLf
      Dim output() As String = dinosaurs.GetRange(2, 3).ToArray()

      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf
      For Each dinosaur As String In output
         outputBlock.Text &= dinosaur & vbCrLf
      Next

   End Sub
End Class

' This code example produces the following output:
'
'Capacity: 3
'
'Brachiosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Mamenchisaurus
'
'AddRange(dinosaurs)
'
'Brachiosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Mamenchisaurus
'Brachiosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Mamenchisaurus
'
'RemoveRange(2, 2)
'
'Brachiosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Mamenchisaurus
'
'InsertRange(3, input)
'
'Brachiosaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Amargasaurus
'Tyrannosaurus
'Deinonychus
'Velociraptor
'Mamenchisaurus
'
'output = dinosaurs.GetRange(2, 3).ToArray
'
'Amargasaurus
'Tyrannosaurus
'Deinonychus
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      string[] input = { "Brachiosaurus", 
                           "Amargasaurus", 
                           "Mamenchisaurus" };

      List<string> dinosaurs = new List<string>(input);

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\nCapacity: {0}", dinosaurs.Capacity) + "\n";

      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      foreach (string dinosaur in dinosaurs)
      {
         outputBlock.Text += dinosaur + "\n";
      }

      outputBlock.Text += "\nAddRange(dinosaurs)" + "\n";
      dinosaurs.AddRange(dinosaurs);

      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      foreach (string dinosaur in dinosaurs)
      {
         outputBlock.Text += dinosaur + "\n";
      }

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\nRemoveRange(2, 2)") + "\n";
      dinosaurs.RemoveRange(2, 2);

      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      foreach (string dinosaur in dinosaurs)
      {
         outputBlock.Text += dinosaur + "\n";
      }

      input = new string[] { "Tyrannosaurus", 
                               "Deinonychus", 
                               "Velociraptor"};

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\nInsertRange(3, input)") + "\n";
      dinosaurs.InsertRange(3, input);

      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      foreach (string dinosaur in dinosaurs)
      {
         outputBlock.Text += dinosaur + "\n";
      }

      outputBlock.Text += String.Format("\noutput = dinosaurs.GetRange(2, 3).ToArray()") + "\n";
      string[] output = dinosaurs.GetRange(2, 3).ToArray();

      outputBlock.Text += "\n";
      foreach (string dinosaur in output)
      {
         outputBlock.Text += dinosaur + "\n";
      }
   }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Capacity: 3

Brachiosaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus

AddRange(dinosaurs)

Brachiosaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus
Brachiosaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus

RemoveRange(2, 2)

Brachiosaurus
Amargasaurus
Amargasaurus
Mamenchisaurus

InsertRange(3, input)

Brachiosaurus
Amargasaurus
Amargasaurus
Tyrannosaurus
Deinonychus
Velociraptor
Mamenchisaurus

output = dinosaurs.GetRange(2, 3).ToArray()

Amargasaurus
Tyrannosaurus
Deinonychus
 */

Version Information

Silverlight

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

Platforms

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