C# | Type.GetEnumValues() Method

Type.GetEnumValues() Method is used to return an array of the values of the constants in the current enumeration type.

Syntax:

public virtual Array GetEnumValues ();

Return Value: This method returns an array which contains the values. The elements of the array are sorted by the binary values i.e. the unsigned values of the enumeration constants.



Exception: This method will give ArgumentException if the current type is not an enumeration.

Below programs illustrate the use of the above-discussed method:

Example 1:

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// C# program to demonstrate the
// Type.GetEnumValues() Method
using System;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Reflection;
  
class GFG {
  
    // Defining enum ABC
    enum ABC { A,
               B,
               C,
               D,
               E,
               F }
  
    // Main Method
    public static void Main()
    {
  
        // try-catch block to
        // handle exceptions
        try {
  
            // Creating and initializing object
            // of ABC with instace of enum ABC
            ABC a = ABC.A;
  
            // Declaring and initializing
            // object of Type
            Type type = a.GetType();
  
            // Getting an array of the values 
            // of the constants
            // By using GetEnumValues() method
            Array obj = type.GetEnumValues();
  
            // Display values of the constants
            Console.Write("Values of the constants is : {0} ", obj);
        }
  
        // catch ArgumentException here
        catch (ArgumentException e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The current type is not an enumeration.");
            Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
            Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
        }
    }
}

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Output:

Values of the constants is : GFG+ABC[] 

Example 2: For ArgumentException

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// C# program to demonstrate the
// Type.GetEnumValues() Method
using System;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Reflection;
  
class GFG {
  
    // Defining enum ABC
    enum ABC { A,
               B,
               C,
               D,
               E,
               F }
  
    // Main Method
    public static void Main()
    {
  
        // try-catch block to
        // handle exceptions
        try {
  
            // Creating and initializing object
            // of ABC with instace of enum ABC
            ABC a = ABC.A;
  
            // Declaring and initializing
            // object of Type
            Type type = typeof(int);
  
            // Getting an array of the values 
            // of the constants
            // By using GetEnumValues() method
            Array obj = type.GetEnumValues();
  
            // Display values of the constants
            Console.Write("Values of the constants is : {0} ", obj);
        }
  
        // catch ArgumentException here
        catch (ArgumentException e) 
        {
            Console.WriteLine("The current type is not an enumeration.");
            Console.Write("Exception Thrown: ");
            Console.Write("{0}", e.GetType(), e.Message);
        }
    }
}

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Output:

The current type is not an enumeration.
Exception Thrown: System.ArgumentException

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