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LINQ – Convert List to Dictionary with Value as List

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


I have a


that I retrieve from the database. However, I would like it keyed by a property in MyObject for grouping purposes. What is the best way with LINQ to cast my list to:

Dictionary<long, List<MyObject>>

I have the following:

myObjectList.ToDictionary(x => x.KeyedProperty)

But it returns:

Dictionary<long, MyObject>

It sounds like you want to group the MyObject instances by KeyedProperty and put that grouping into a Dictionary<long,List<MyObject>>. If so then try the following

List<MyObject> list = ...;
var map = list
  .GroupBy(x => x.KeyedProperty)
  .ToDictionary(x => x.Key, x => x.ToList());


You should use the ToLookup extension method on the Enumerable class like so:

List<MyObject> list = ...;

ILookup<long, MyObject> lookup = list.ToLookup(o => o.KeyedProperty);

If you want to place that in a dictionary, then you could use the ToDictionary extension method, like so:

IDictionary<long, IEnumerable<MyObject>> dictionary = lookup.ToDictionary(
    l => l.Key);