C# Language Reverse


  • Inverts the order of the elements in a sequence.
  • If there is no items throws a ArgumentNullException: source is null.


// Create an array.
int[] array = { 1, 2, 3, 4 };                         //Output:
// Call reverse extension method on the array.        //4
var reverse = array.Reverse();                        //3
// Write contents of array to screen.                 //2
foreach (int value in reverse)                        //1

Live code example

Remeber that Reverse() may work diffrent depending on the chain order of your LINQ statements.

        //Create List of chars
        List<int> integerlist = new List<int>() { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 };

        //Reversing the list then taking the two first elements
        IEnumerable<int> reverseFirst = integerlist.Reverse<int>().Take(2);
        //Taking 2 elements and then reversing only thos two
        IEnumerable<int> reverseLast = integerlist.Take(2).Reverse();
        //reverseFirst output: 6, 5
        //reverseLast output:  2, 1

Live code example

Reverse() works by buffering everything then walk through it backwards, whitch is not very efficient, but neither is OrderBy from that perspective.

In LINQ-to-Objects, there are buffering operations (Reverse, OrderBy, GroupBy, etc) and non-buffering operations (Where, Take, Skip, etc).

Example: Non-buffering Reverse extention

public static IEnumerable<T> Reverse<T>(this IList<T> list) {
    for (int i = list.Count - 1; i >= 0; i--) 
        yield return list[i];

Live code example

This method can encounter problems if u mutate the list while iterating.