values - Get int value from enum in C#

how to display enum values in c# (17)

Declare it as a static class having public constants:

public static class Question
    public const int Role = 2;
    public const int ProjectFunding = 3;
    public const int TotalEmployee = 4;
    public const int NumberOfServers = 5;
    public const int TopBusinessConcern = 6;

And then you can reference it as Question.Role, and it always evaluates to an int or whatever you define it as.

I have a class called Questions (plural). In this class there is an enum called Question (singular) which looks like this.

public enum Question
    Role = 2,
    ProjectFunding = 3,
    TotalEmployee = 4,
    NumberOfServers = 5,
    TopBusinessConcern = 6

In the Questions class, I have a get(int foo) function that returns a Questions object for that foo. Is there an easy way to get the integer value from the enum so I can do something like Questions.Get(Question.Role)?


Public Enum EmpNo
    Raj = 1

And in the code behind to get enum value:

int setempNo = (int)EmpNo.Raj; //This will give setempNo = 1


int setempNo = (int)EmpNo.Rahul; //This will give setempNo = 2

Enums will increment by 1, and you can set the start value. Else it will be assigned as 0 initially.

How about a extension method instead:

public static class ExtensionMethods
    public static int IntValue(this Enum argEnum)
        return Convert.ToInt32(argEnum);

And the usage is slightly prettier:

var intValue = Question.Role.IntValue();

I have recently converted away from using enums in my code in favour of instead using classes with protected constructors and predefined static instances (thanks to Roelof - C# Ensure Valid Enum Values - Futureproof Method).

In light of that, below's how I'd now approach this issue (including implicit conversion to/from int).

public class Question
    // Attributes
    protected int index;
    protected string name;
    // Go with a dictionary to enforce unique index
    //protected static readonly ICollection<Question> values = new Collection<Question>();
    protected static readonly IDictionary<int,Question> values = new Dictionary<int,Question>();

    // Define the "enum" values
    public static readonly Question Role = new Question(2,"Role");
    public static readonly Question ProjectFunding = new Question(3, "Project Funding");
    public static readonly Question TotalEmployee = new Question(4, "Total Employee");
    public static readonly Question NumberOfServers = new Question(5, "Number of Servers");
    public static readonly Question TopBusinessConcern = new Question(6, "Top Business Concern");

    // Constructors
    protected Question(int index, string name)
        this.index = index; = name;
        values.Add(index, this);

    // Easy int conversion
    public static implicit operator int(Question question) =>
        question.index; //nb: if question is null this will return a null pointer exception

    public static implicit operator Question(int index) =>        
        values.TryGetValue(index, out var question) ? question : null;

    // Easy string conversion (also update ToString for the same effect)
    public override string ToString() =>;

    public static implicit operator string(Question question) =>

    public static implicit operator Question(string name) =>
        name == null ? null : values.Values.FirstOrDefault(item => name.Equals(, StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase));

    // If you specifically want a Get(int x) function (though not required given the implicit converstion)
    public Question Get(int foo) =>
        foo; //(implicit conversion will take care of the conversion for you)

The advantage of this approach is you get everything you would have from the enum, but your code's now much more flexible, so should you need to perform different actions based on the value of Question, you can put logic into Question itself (i.e. in the preferred OO fashion) as opposed to putting lots of case statements throughout your code to tackle each scenario.

NB: Answer updated 2018-04-27 to make use of C# 6 features; i.e. declaration expressions and lambda expression body definitions. See revision history for original code. This has the benefit of making the definition a little less verbose; which had been one of the main complaints about this answer's approach.

In Vb. It should be

Public Enum Question
    Role = 2
    ProjectFunding = 3
    TotalEmployee = 4
    NumberOfServers = 5
    TopBusinessConcern = 6
End Enum

Private value As Integer = CInt(Question.Role)

It's easier than you think - an enum is already an int. It just needs to be reminded:

int y = (int)Question.Role;
Console.WriteLine(y); // prints 2

Maybe I missed it but has anyone tried a simple generic extension method. This works great for me. You can avoid the type cast in your API this way but ultimately it results in a change type operation. This is a good case for programming Roselyn to have the compiler make a GetValue method for you.

    public static void Main()
        int test = MyCSharpWrapperMethod(TestEnum.Test1);

        Debug.Assert(test == 1);

    public static int MyCSharpWrapperMethod(TestEnum customFlag)
        return MyCPlusPlusMethod(customFlag.GetValue<int>());

    public static int MyCPlusPlusMethod(int customFlag)
        //Pretend you made a PInvoke or COM+ call to C++ method that require an integer
        return customFlag;

    public enum TestEnum
        Test1 = 1,
        Test2 = 2,
        Test3 = 3

public static class EnumExtensions
    public static T GetValue<T>(this Enum enumeration)
        T result = default(T);

            result = (T)Convert.ChangeType(enumeration, typeof(T));
        catch (Exception ex)

        return result;

My fav hack with int or smaller enums:


For a enum

public enum Test
    Min = Int32.MinValue,
    One = 1,
    Max = Int32.MaxValue,


var values = Enum.GetValues(typeof(Test));

foreach (var val in values) 



Disclaimer: Doesn't work for enums based on long

One more way to do it:

Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}, Value: {0:D}", Question.Role);

Will result in:

Name: Role, Value: 2

Since Enums can be any integral type (byte, int, short, etc.), a more robust way to get the underlying integral value of the enum would be to make use of the GetTypeCode method in conjunction with the Convert class:

enum Sides {
    Left, Right, Top, Bottom
Sides side = Sides.Bottom;

object val = Convert.ChangeType(side, side.GetTypeCode());

This should work regardless of the underlying integral type.

The easiest solution I can think of is overloading the Get(int) method like this:

[modifiers] Questions Get(Question q)
    return Get((int)q);

where [modifiers] can generally be same as for Get(int) method. If You can't edit the Questions class or for some reason don't want to, You can overload the method by writing an extension:

public static class Extensions
    public static Questions Get(this Questions qs, Question q)
        return qs.Get((int)q);

The example I would like to suggest 'to get 'int' value from enum is,'

public enum Sample
{Book =1, Pen=2, Pencil =3}

int answer = (int)Sample.Book;

now the answer will be 1.

I hope this might help someone.

Try this :

int value = YourEnum.ToString("D");

Try this one instead of convert enum to int:

public static class ReturnType
    public static readonly int Success = 1;
    public static readonly int Duplicate = 2;
    public static readonly int Error = -1;        

Question question = Question.Role;
int value = (int) question;

Will result in value == 2.

int number = Question.Role.GetHashCode();

number should have the value 2.

public enum Suit : int
    Spades = 0,
    Hearts = 1,
    Clubs = 2,
    Diamonds = 3

Console.WriteLine((int)(Suit)Enum.Parse(typeof(Suit), "Clubs"));

//from int

//From number you can also
Console.WriteLine((Suit)Enum.ToObject(typeof(Suit), 1));

if (typeof(Suit).IsEnumDefined("Spades"))
    var res = (int)(Suit)Enum.Parse(typeof(Suit), "Spades");
    Console.Out.WriteLine("{0}", res);