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The foreach statement repeats a group of embedded statements for each element in an array or an object collection that implements the System.Collections.IEnumerable or System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<T> interface. The foreach statement is used to iterate through the collection to get the information that you want, but can not be used to add or remove items from the source collection to avoid unpredictable side effects. If you need to add or remove items from the source collection, use a for loop.

The embedded statements continue to execute for each element in the array or collection. After the iteration has been completed for all the elements in the collection, control is transferred to the next statement following the foreach block.

At any point within the foreach block, you can break out of the loop by using the break keyword, or step to the next iteration in the loop by using the continue keyword.

A foreach loop can also be exited by the goto, return, or throwstatements.

For more information about the foreach keyword and code samples, see the following topics:

Using foreach with Arrays (C# Programming Guide)

How to: Access a Collection Class with foreach (C# Programming Guide)


In this example, foreach is used to display the contents of an array of integers.

class ForEachTest
    static void Main(string[] args)
        int[] fibarray = new int[] { 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 };
        foreach (int i in fibarray)

C# Language Specification

For more information, see the following sections in the C# Language Specification:

  • Foreach statements

  • 8.8.4 The foreach statement

See Also


C# Programming Guide


C# Keywords

Iteration Statements (C# Reference)

Other Resources

C# Reference