Tutorial :How to get Type[] of all classes a class extends


You can do Type[] interfaces = typeof(MyClass).GetInterfaces(); to get a list of everything a class implements implements.

I am wondering if there is anyway to crawl the "extends" tree to see all the base types a class inherits, i.e. abstract classes etc.?


You can use Type.BaseType to traverse from the top-level type to the most base type until the base type reaches object.

Something like this:

abstract class A { }  class B : A { }  class C : B { }    public static void Main(string[] args)  {      var target = typeof(C);        var baseTypeNames = GetBaseTypes(target).Select(t => t.Name).ToArray();        Console.WriteLine(String.Join(" : ", baseTypeNames));  }    private static IEnumerable<Type> GetBaseTypes(Type target)  {      do      {          yield return target.BaseType;            target = target.BaseType;      } while (target != typeof(object));  }  


I use this code to get all classes that inherits a defined Type. It searches all loaded Assemblies. Usefull if you have only the Baseclass and you will get all Classes that Extends the Baseclass.

Type[] GetTypes(Type itemType) {      List<Type> tList = new List<Type>();      Assembly[] appAssemblies = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.GetAssemblies();      foreach (Assembly a in appAssemblies) {          Module[] mod = a.GetModules();          foreach (Module m in mod) {              Type[] types = m.GetTypes();              foreach (Type t in types) {                  try {                      if (t == itemType || t.IsSubclassOf(itemType)) {                          tList.Add(t);                      }                  }                  catch (NullReferenceException) { }              }          }      }      return tList.ToArray();  }  

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