Using LINQ Any to Find Type of Data

Using LINQ Any to Find Type of Data


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In this article, let's learn about how to use Any in LINQ in .NET.

Note: If you have not done so already, I recommend you read the article on Using LINQ All to Find Type of Data.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Common uses of Any method
  3. Summary


We can determine the type of data contained within the collection using LINQ Any() method. The idea here is to find out if any items in a collection meet a specific condition. For primitivr data types like int, decimal, string, etc we can just compare the values against other value in the collection.

Common uses of Any method

LINQ Any() is used to answer questions about collection such as, any students passed the exam?, Do any orders got shipped? Do any customers opted for newsletters?. Let's take a look at syntax. The syntax for Any() is we apply the Any() method to some IEnumerable<T> collection and we specify a predicate. This is then going to check if any items within the collection match the given condition. For example, IEnumerable<T>.Any(predicate). This will return a boolean value true or false indicating do any element in the collection met the criteria?. The boolean result will be returned as soon as first match is found. This will not scan the entire collection.

Code Sample - LINQ Any

Demo - LINQ Any Clause Demo

Let's try LINQ Any

  • We have Product class with following properties - Id, Name, Color, Price, Size
  • Enter the predicate to find if any product matches the condition.
  • Click on Validate Any Products
  • Click on reset to try other combination


Id Name Color Price Size
1 HL Road Frame Black 1000 58
2 HL Road Frame Red 1000 58
3 HL Road Frame Black 1000 58
4 HL Road Frame Red 1000 58
5 HL Road Frame Brown 1000 58
6 HL Road Frame White 1000 58


In this article we learn't how to find type of data contained within collection using Any. This can be used to find if any items within collection matches a criteria or not. All these can be used with any IEnumerable or IQueryable types.

  • Linq
  • Any