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Binder.ChangeType(Object, Type, CultureInfo) Method


Changes the type of the given Object to the given Type.

 abstract System::Object ^ ChangeType(System::Object ^ value, Type ^ type, System::Globalization::CultureInfo ^ culture);
public abstract object ChangeType (object value, Type type, System.Globalization.CultureInfo? culture);
public abstract object ChangeType (object value, Type type, System.Globalization.CultureInfo culture);
abstract member ChangeType : obj * Type * System.Globalization.CultureInfo -> obj
Public MustOverride Function ChangeType (value As Object, type As Type, culture As CultureInfo) As Object



The object to change into a new Type.


The new Type that value will become.


An instance of CultureInfo that is used to control the coercion of data types. If culture is null, the CultureInfo for the current thread is used.


An object that contains the given value as the new type.


Reflection models the accessibility rules of the common type system. For example, if the caller is in the same assembly, the caller does not need special permissions for internal members. Otherwise, the caller needs ReflectionPermission. This is consistent with lookup of members that are protected, private, and so on.

The general principle is that ChangeType should perform only widening coercions, which never lose data. An example of a widening coercion is coercing a value that is a 32-bit signed integer to a value that is a 64-bit signed integer. This is distinguished from a narrowing coercion, which may lose data. An example of a narrowing coercion is coercing a 64-bit signed integer to a 32-bit signed integer.

The following table lists the coercions performed by the default ChangeType.

Source type Target type
Any type Its base type.
Any type The interface it implements.
Char UInt16, UInt32, Int32, UInt64, Int64, Single, Double
Byte Char, UInt16, Int16, UInt32, Int32, UInt64, Int64, Single, Double
SByte Int16, Int32, Int64, Single, Double
UInt16 UInt32, Int32, UInt64, Int64, Single, Double
Int16 Int32, Int64, Single, Double
UInt32 UInt64, Int64, Single, Double
Int32 Int64, Single, Double
UInt64 Single, Double
Int64 Single, Double
Single Double
Non-reference By-reference.

If a binder implementation allows coercion of string values to numeric types, the culture parameter is necessary to convert a string that represents 1000 to a Double value, because 1000 is represented differently by different cultures. The default binder does not do such string coercions.

Applies to