.NET - Getting all implementations of a generic interface?

An answer on " Implementations of interface through Reflection " shows how to get all implementations of an interface. However, given a generic interface, IInterface<T>, the following doesn't work:

var types = TypesImplementingInterface(typeof(IInterface<>))

Can anyone explain how I can modify that method?


You can use something like this:

public static bool DoesTypeSupportInterface(Type type, Type inter)
        return true;
    if(type.GetInterfaces().Any(i => i.IsGenericType && i.GetGenericTypeDefinition() == inter))
        return true;
    return false;

public static IEnumerable<Type> TypesImplementingInterface(Type desiredType)
    return AppDomain
        .SelectMany(assembly => assembly.GetTypes())
        .Where(type => DoesTypeSupportInterface(type, desiredType));


It can throw a TypeLoadException though but that's a problem already present in the original code. For example in LINQPad it doesn't work because some libraries can't be loaded.

It doesn't work because IInterface<object> (using System.Object for T as an example) doesn't inherit from the "open" generic type IInterface<>. A "closed" generic type is a root type, just like IFoo. You can only search for closed generic types, not open ones, meaning you could find everything that inherits from IInterface<int>. IFoo does not have a base class, nor does IInterface<object> or IInterface<string> etc.

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