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Enumerable.Contains<TSource> Method (IEnumerable<TSource>, TSource)


Determines whether a sequence contains a specified element by using the default equality comparer.

Namespace:   System.Linq
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static bool Contains<TSource>(
	this IEnumerable<TSource> source,
	TSource value


Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<TSource>

A sequence in which to locate a value.

Type: TSource

The value to locate in the sequence.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the source sequence contains an element that has the specified value; otherwise, false.

Type Parameters


The type of the elements of source.

Exception Condition

source is null.

If the type of source implements ICollection<T>, the Contains method in that implementation is invoked to obtain the result. Otherwise, this method determines whether source contains the specified element.

Enumeration is terminated as soon as a matching element is found.

Elements are compared to the specified value by using the default equality comparer, Default.

The following code example demonstrates how to use Contains<TSource>(IEnumerable<TSource>, TSource) to determine whether an array contains a specific element.

string[] fruits = { "apple", "banana", "mango", "orange", "passionfruit", "grape" };

string fruit = "mango";

bool hasMango = fruits.Contains(fruit);

    "The array {0} contain '{1}'.",
    hasMango ? "does" : "does not",

// This code produces the following output:
// The array does contain 'mango'. 

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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