IWbemClassObject::Get method (wbemcli.h)

The IWbemClassObject::Get method retrieves the specified property value, if it exists. This method can also return system properties.


  [in]            LPCWSTR wszName,
  [in]            long    lFlags,
  [out]           VARIANT *pVal,
  [out, optional] CIMTYPE *pType,
  [out, optional] long    *plFlavor


[in] wszName

Name of the desired property. It is treated as read-only.

[in] lFlags

Reserved. This parameter must be 0 (zero).

[out] pVal

When successful, this parameter is assigned the correct type and value for the qualifier, and the VariantInit function is called on pVal. It is the responsibility of the caller to call VariantClear on pVal when the value is not needed. If there is an error, the value that pVal points to is not modified. If an uninitialized pVal value is passed to the method, then the caller must check the return value of the method, and call VariantClear only when the method succeeds.

[out, optional] pType

Can be NULL. If it is not NULL, it receives the CIM type of the property, that is, one of the CIM-type constants, such as CIM_SINT32, CIM_STRING, and so on. For more information about these values, see CIMTYPE_ENUMERATION. This indicates the CIM semantics of the property value packed into VARIANT.

[out, optional] plFlavor

Can be NULL. If not NULL, the LONG value pointed to receives information about the origin of the property. For more information, see Qualifier Flavors and WBEM_FLAVOR_TYPE.


The property is a standard system property.


For classes only. The property was inherited from the parent class.

For instances only. The property is inherited from the parent class, but has not been modified at the instance level.


For classes only. The property belongs to the derived child class.

For instances only. The property is modified at the instance level—that is, a value was supplied, or a qualifier was added or modified.

Return value

This method returns an HRESULT that indicates the status of the method call. The following list lists the value contained in an HRESULT. For general HRESULT values, see System Error Codes.


If the type of the property is an object path, date/time string, or other special type, then the returned values in the VARIANT do not contain enough information to identify the true type. The pvtType out parameter indicates this.

To obtain the string form of the Common Information Model (CIM) type for the property, the IWbemQualifierSet pointer for the property must be obtained, and the Cimtype qualifier retrieved. That qualifier is the string form of the CIM type, such as sint32 versus CIM_SINT32, which is a numeric constant.

Note  When you create a new object using IWbemClassObject::SpawnInstance, it is important to note that some system properties are not set until the object is written to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). In all cases, IWbemClassObject::Get succeeds in accessing the requested system property, but the returned VARIANT may contain VT_NULL.


For an extended discussion and example of making queries in C++ and WMI, see Making WMI Queries In C++ on CodeProject.

The following C++ example shows how to retrieve the CIM class name from an object by using the system property __CLASS. The code requires the following #include statements and references to compile.
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
#include <wbemidl.h>
#pragma comment(lib, "wbemuuid.lib")
//Assumes that pObj is defined as a pointer
// to an IWbemClassObject object.

BSTR strClassProp = SysAllocString(L"__CLASS");
hr = pObj->Get(strClassProp, 0, &v, 0, 0);

// check the HRESULT to see if the action succeeded.

if (SUCCEEDED(hr) && (V_VT(&v) == VT_BSTR))
    wprintf(L"The class name is %s\n.", V_BSTR(&v));
    wprintf(L"Error in getting specified object\n");


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows Vista
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008
Target Platform Windows
Header wbemcli.h (include Wbemidl.h)
Library WbemUuid.lib
DLL CIMWin32.dll; Esscli.dll; Fastprox.dll; FrameDyn.dll; FrameDynOS.dll; Krnlprov.dll; Ncprov.dll; Wbemcore.dll; Wbemess.dll; Wmipiprt.dll

See also



WMI Qualifiers

WMI System Classes

WMI System Properties