aceinthehole aceinthehole - 1 month ago 4
C# Question

How to find all the types in an Assembly that Inherit from a Specific Type C#

How do you get a collection of all the types that inherit from a specific other type?

Answer

Something like:

public IEnumerable<Type> FindDerivedTypes(Assembly assembly, Type baseType)
{
    return assembly.GetTypes().Where(t => baseType.IsAssignableFrom(t));
}

If you need to handle generics, that gets somewhat trickier (e.g. passing in the open List<> type but expecting to get back a type which derived from List<int>). Otherwise it's simple though :)

If you want to exclude the type itself, you can do so easily enough:

public IEnumerable<Type> FindDerivedTypes(Assembly assembly, Type baseType)
{
    return assembly.GetTypes().Where(t => t != baseType && 
                                          baseType.IsAssignableFrom(t));
}

Note that this will also allow you to specify an interface and find all the types which implement it, rather than just working with classes as Type.IsSubclassOf does.

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