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ArgumentException Class

The exception that is thrown when one of the arguments provided to a method is not valid.

System.Object
  System.Exception
    System.SystemException
      System.ArgumentException
        More...

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

[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public class ArgumentException : SystemException, 
	ISerializable

The ArgumentException type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsArgumentException()Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentException class.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsArgumentException(String)Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentException class with a specified error message.
Protected methodArgumentException(SerializationInfo, StreamingContext)Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentException class with serialized data.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsArgumentException(String, Exception)Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentException class with a specified error message and a reference to the inner exception that is the cause of this exception.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsArgumentException(String, String)Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentException class with a specified error message and the name of the parameter that causes this exception.
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsArgumentException(String, String, Exception)Initializes a new instance of the ArgumentException class with a specified error message, the parameter name, and a reference to the inner exception that is the cause of this exception.
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  NameDescription
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsDataGets a collection of key/value pairs that provide additional user-defined information about the exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsHelpLinkGets or sets a link to the help file associated with this exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsHResultGets or sets HRESULT, a coded numerical value that is assigned to a specific exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsInnerExceptionGets the Exception instance that caused the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkMessageGets the error message and the parameter name, or only the error message if no parameter name is set. (Overrides Exception.Message.)

In XNA Framework 3.0, this member is inherited from Exception.Message.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsParamNameGets the name of the parameter that causes this exception.
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsSourceGets or sets the name of the application or the object that causes the error. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsStackTraceGets a string representation of the immediate frames on the call stack. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertyTargetSiteGets the method that throws the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetBaseExceptionWhen overridden in a derived class, returns the Exception that is the root cause of one or more subsequent exceptions. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetHashCodeServes as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetObjectDataSets the SerializationInfo object with the parameter name and additional exception information. (Overrides Exception.GetObjectData(SerializationInfo, StreamingContext).)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsGetTypeGets the runtime type of the current instance. (Inherited from Exception.)

In XNA Framework 3.0, this member is inherited from Object.GetType().


In Portable Class Library Portable Class Library, this member is inherited from Object.GetType().


In .NET for Windows Store apps Windows 8, this member is inherited from Object.GetType().
Protected methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSupported by Portable Class LibrarySupported in .NET for Windows Store appsToStringCreates and returns a string representation of the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
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  NameDescription
Protected eventSerializeObjectStateOccurs when an exception is serialized to create an exception state object that contains serialized data about the exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
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ArgumentException is thrown when a method is invoked and at least one of the passed arguments does not meet the parameter specification of the called method. All instances of ArgumentException should carry a meaningful error message describing the invalid argument, as well as the expected range of values for the argument.

The primary derived classes of ArgumentException are ArgumentNullException and ArgumentOutOfRangeException. These derived classes should be used instead of ArgumentException, except in situations where neither of the derived classes is acceptable. For example, exceptions should be thrown by:

  • ArgumentNullException whenever null is passed to a method that does not accept it as a valid argument.

  • ArgumentOutOfRangeException when the value of an argument is outside the range of acceptable values; for example, when the value "46" is passed as the month argument during the creation of a DateTime.

If the method call does not have any argument or if the failure does not involve the arguments themselves, then InvalidOperationException should be used.

ArgumentException uses the HRESULT COR_E_ARGUMENT, which has the value 0x80070057.

For a list of initial property values for an instance of ArgumentException, see the ArgumentException constructors.

The following example demonstrates how to throw and catch an ArgumentException.

using System;

public sealed class App 
{
    static void Main() 
    {
        // ArgumentException is not thrown because 10 is an even number.
        Console.WriteLine("10 divided by 2 is {0}", DivideByTwo(10));
        try 
        {
             // ArgumentException is thrown because 7 is not an even number.
             Console.WriteLine("7 divided by 2 is {0}", DivideByTwo(7));
        }
        catch (ArgumentException)
        {
            // Show the user that 7 cannot be divided by 2.
            Console.WriteLine("7 is not divided by 2 integrally.");
        }
    }

    static int DivideByTwo(int num) 
    {
        // If num is an odd number, throw an ArgumentException. 
        if ((num & 1) == 1)
            throw new ArgumentException("Number must be even", "num");

        // num is even, return half of its value. 
        return num / 2;
    }
}


// This code produces the following output. 
//  
// 10 divided by 2 is 5 
// 7 is not divided by 2 integrally.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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