What is Enum? (C#)

The enum keyword is used to declare an enumeration, a distinct type consisting of a set of named constants called the enumerator list. Every enumeration type has an underlying type, which can be any integral type except char.

Enums type can be integer (float, int, byte, double etc.). But if you used beside int it has to be cast.

enum is used to create numeric constants in .NET framework. All member of enum are of enum type. There must be a numeric value for each enum type.

The default underlying type of the enumeration elements is int. By default, the first enumerator has the value 0, and the value of each successive enumerator is increased by 1.

enum Dow {Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri};

  • enums are enumerated data type in c#.
  • enums are not for end-user, they are meant for developers.
  • enums are strongly typed constant. They are strongly typed, i.e. an enum of one type may not be implicitly assigned to an enum of another type even though the underlying value of their members are the same.
  • Enumerations (enums) make your code much more readable and understandable.
  • enum values are fixed. enum can be displayed as a string and processed as an integer.
  • The default type is int, and the approved types are byte, sbyte, short, ushort, uint, long, and ulong.
  • Every enum type automatically derives from System.Enum and thus we can use System.Enum methods on enums.
  • Enums are value types and are created on the stack and not on the heap.
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