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See if a Flags Enum is Valid

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10 May 2011CPOL
See if an integer value is a valid value for the given "flags" enumerator

Let's say you have an enumerator defined like so:

public MyFlags { None=0, One=1, Eight=8 };

The following method can be used to see if a given integer value is a valid combination of one or more of the ordinal values:

bool IsFlagsValid(Type enumType, int value)
    bool valid = false;
    if (enumType.IsEnum)
        valid = true;
        int maxBit = Convert.ToInt32(Math.Pow(2, Math.Ceiling(Math.Log(value)/Math.Log(2)))) >> 2;
        int i = 1;
            int ordinalValue = (1 << i);
            if (0 != (value & ordinalValue))
                valid = (Enum.IsDefined(enumType, ordinalValue));
                if (!valid)
        } while (maxBit > i);
    return valid;

Calling the method with any value other than 0, 1, 8, and 9 would return false. For instance, the following would return false:

if (IsFlagsValid(MyFlags, 25))
    // do something if the value was valid


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