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Enum.Equals Method

Returns a value indicating whether this instance is equal to a specified object.

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

public override bool Equals(
	Object obj


Type: System.Object

An object to compare with this instance, or null.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if obj is an enumeration value of the same type and with the same underlying value as this instance; otherwise, false.

The Enum.Equals(Object) method overrides ValueType.Equals(Object) to define how enumeration members are evaluated for equality.

The following example illustrates the use of the Equals method.

using System;

public class EqualsTest {
    enum Colors { Red, Green, Blue, Yellow };
    enum Mammals { Cat, Dog, Horse, Dolphin };

    public static void Main() {
        Mammals myPet = Mammals.Cat;
        Colors myColor = Colors.Red;
        Mammals yourPet = Mammals.Dog;
        Colors yourColor = Colors.Red;

        Console.WriteLine("My favorite animal is a {0}", myPet);
        Console.WriteLine("Your favorite animal is a {0}", yourPet);
        Console.WriteLine("Do we like the same animal? {0}", myPet.Equals(yourPet) ? "Yes" : "No");

        Console.WriteLine("My favorite color is {0}", myColor);
        Console.WriteLine("Your favorite color is {0}", yourColor);
        Console.WriteLine("Do we like the same color? {0}", myColor.Equals(yourColor) ? "Yes" : "No");

        Console.WriteLine("The value of my color ({0}) is {1}", myColor, Enum.Format(typeof(Colors), myColor, "d"));
        Console.WriteLine("The value of my pet (a {0}) is {1}", myPet, Enum.Format(typeof(Mammals), myPet, "d"));
        Console.WriteLine("Even though they have the same value, are they equal? {0}", 
                    myColor.Equals(myPet) ? "Yes" : "No");
// The example displays the following output: 
//    My favorite animal is a Cat 
//    Your favorite animal is a Dog 
//    Do we like the same animal? No 
//    My favorite color is Red 
//    Your favorite color is Red 
//    Do we like the same color? Yes 
//    The value of my color (Red) is 0 
//    The value of my pet (a Cat) is 0 
//    Even though they have the same value, are they equal? No

The following example defines two enumeration types, SledDog and WorkDog. The SledDog enumeration has two members, SledDog.AlaskanMalamute and SledDog.Malamute, that have the same underlying value. The call to the Equals method indicates that these values are equal because their underlying values are the same. The SledDog.Malamute and WorkDog.Newfoundland members have the same underlying value, although they represent different enumeration types. A call to the Equals method indicates that these values are not equal.

using System;

public enum SledDog { Unknown=0, AlaskanMalamute=1, Malamute=1, 
                      Husky=2, SiberianHusky=2 };

public enum WorkDog { Unknown=0, Newfoundland=1, GreatPyrennes=2 };

public class Example
   public static void Main()
      SledDog dog1 = SledDog.Malamute;
      SledDog dog2 = SledDog.AlaskanMalamute;
      WorkDog dog3 = WorkDog.Newfoundland;

      Console.WriteLine("{0:F} ({0:D}) = {1:F} ({1:D}): {2}", 
                        dog1, dog2, dog1.Equals(dog2));
      Console.WriteLine("{0:F} ({0:D}) = {1:F} ({1:D}): {2}",
                        dog1, dog3, dog1.Equals(dog3));
// The example displays the following output: 
//       Malamute (1) = Malamute (1): True 
//       Malamute (1) = Newfoundland (1): False

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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