How To Get The Calling Method And Type

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Here are a couple of useful methods for getting information about the caller of a method. The first returns the calling method of the current method. The second returns the type of the caller. Both of these methods require declaring the System.Diagnostics namespace.

private static MethodBase GetCallingMethod()
{
  return new StackFrame(2, false).GetMethod();
}

private static Type GetCallingType()
{
  return new StackFrame(2, false).GetMethod().DeclaringType;
}

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public static Type GetCallingType()
{
    return GetCallingMethod().DeclaringType;
}

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