Accepted answer

Use reflection. It's nowhere near as fast as hardcoded property access, but it does what you want.

The following query generates an anonymous type with Name and Value properties for each string-typed property in the object 'myObject':

var stringPropertyNamesAndValues = myObject.GetType()
    .Where(pi => pi.PropertyType == typeof(string) && pi.GetGetMethod() != null)
    .Select(pi => new 
        Name = pi.Name,
        Value = pi.GetGetMethod().Invoke(myObject, null)


foreach (var pair in stringPropertyNamesAndValues)
    Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}", pair.Name);
    Console.WriteLine("Value: {0}", pair.Value);


How about something like this?

public string Prop1
    get { return dic["Prop1"]; }
    set { dic["Prop1"] = value; }

public string Prop2
    get { return dic["Prop2"]; }
    set { dic["Prop2"] = value; }

private Dictionary<string, string> dic = new Dictionary<string, string>();
public IEnumerable<KeyValuePair<string, string>> AllProps
    get { return dic.GetEnumerator(); }


If your goal is simply to output the data stored in the object's properties using a human-readable format, I prefer to simply serialize the object into JSON format.

using System.Web.Script.Serialization;

string output = new JavaScriptSerializer().Serialize(myObject);


You can get all the properties of a type by using the GetProperties method. You can then filter this list using the LINQ Where extension method. Finally you can project the properties using the LINQ Select extension method or a convenient shortcut like ToDictionary.

If you want to limit the enumeration to properties having of type String you can use this code:

IDictionary<String, String> dictionary = myObject.GetType()
  .Where(p => p.CanRead && p.PropertyType == typeof(String))
  .ToDictionary(p => p.Name, p => (String) p.GetValue(myObject, null));

This will create a dictionary that maps property names to property values. As the property type is limited to String it is safe to cast the property value to String and the type of the returned type is IDictionary<String, String>.

If you instead want all properties you can do it like this:

IDictionary<String, Object> dictionary = myObject.GetType()
  .Where(p => p.CanRead)
  .ToDictionary(p => p.Name, p => p.GetValue(myObject, null));

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