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RuntimeHelpers.GetObjectValue(Object) Method


Boxes a value type.

 static System::Object ^ GetObjectValue(System::Object ^ obj);
public static object GetObjectValue (object obj);
public static object? GetObjectValue (object? obj);
static member GetObjectValue : obj -> obj
Public Shared Function GetObjectValue (obj As Object) As Object



The value type to be boxed.


A boxed copy of obj if it is a value class; otherwise, obj itself.


The following example demonstrates how to box a value class by using the GetObjectValue method.

using System;
using System.Runtime.CompilerServices;

// Declare a value type.
struct Point2I
    public int x;
    public int y;

class Program

    static void Main(string[] args)
        // Allocate an unboxed Point2I (not on the heap).
        Point2I pnt;
        pnt.x = 0;
        pnt.y = 0;

        // Box the value.  (Put it in the heap.)
        object objPntr = RuntimeHelpers.GetObjectValue(pnt);
Imports System.Runtime.CompilerServices

' Declare a value type.
Structure Point2I

    Dim x As Integer
    Dim y As Integer
End Structure

Module Program

    Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

        ' Allocate an unboxed Point2I (not on the heap).
        Dim pnt As Point2I
        pnt.x = 0
        pnt.y = 0

        ' Box the value.  (Put it in the heap.)
        Dim objPntr As Object = RuntimeHelpers.GetObjectValue(pnt)
    End Sub

End Module


Boxing a value type creates an object and performs a shallow copy of the fields of the specified value type into the new object.

This method allows a value class to be manipulated as an object while it retains the aliasing behavior of a value class.

The return value depends on whether the value class is mutable or immutable:

  • If the value being assigned is a mutable value class, the method returns a shallow copy of the class, because value classes have copy semantics.

  • If the value being assigned is an immutable value class, the method returns the object itself, instead of a copy of the class.

Compilers of dynamically typed languages can use this method to make sure that boxed value types work identically to unboxed value types. That is, boxed value types get cloned when you pass them around, and they are always passed by value. The compiler can call GetObjectValue to assign a value type to an object or to pass a value type as a parameter of a type object.

This method is used by compilers.

Applies to