CSharp - GetType Method and typeof Operator


All types in C# are instance of System.Type.

There are two basic ways to get a System.Type object:

  • Use GetType() method.
  • Use typeof operator on a type name.

GetType is evaluated at runtime.

typeof is evaluated at compile time.

System.Type has properties such as the type's name, assembly, base type, and so on. For example:


using System;

class Point { //w  w  w  . jav a  2s  .c  om
  public int X, Y; 

class Test
     static void Main()
         Point p = new Point();
         Console.WriteLine (p.GetType().Name);             // Point
         Console.WriteLine (typeof (Point).Name);          // Point
         Console.WriteLine (p.GetType() == typeof(Point)); // True
         Console.WriteLine (p.X.GetType().Name);           // Int32
         Console.WriteLine (p.Y.GetType().FullName);       // System.Int32