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Clear All Events Listeners of an Instance or Static Event

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29 Sep 2021MIT
How to clear all events is quite simple. It needs a finger of reflection...
This snippet will help you if you need to cleanup events. In a normal way, you have to use += or -=, or use WeakEventHandler().AddHandler or RemoveHandler. But sometimes, you could need a harder way!


We had the need to cleanup a WPF Visual tree on windows closing. To do that, we developed a WPF Behavior on the Window component.

On closing, this behavior just ran across the visual tree of the window. Take each component and to this:

  • Clear all bindings
  • Clear all event listeners (static or not)
  • Set the dataContext to null

This helps the GC to collect speedily...

Using the Code

The code to do the clear events part is the following:

public static void ClearEvents(object instance)
    var eventsToClear = instance.GetType().GetEvents(
        BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.NonPublic
        | BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.Static);

    foreach (var eventInfo in eventsToClear)
        var fieldInfo = instance.GetType().GetField(
            BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.Instance);
        if (fieldInfo.GetValue(instance) is Delegate eventHandler)
            foreach (var invocatedDelegate in eventHandler.GetInvocationList())
                    new object[] { invocatedDelegate });

Points of Interest

Reflection is a very powerful tool, but this must not be the main way. This must only be used in critical scenarios.

Be careful of that!


  • 29th September, 2021: Version 1


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QuestionWhy do you say "This must only be used in critical scenarios. Be careful of that!" Pin
victorbos4-Oct-21 5:53
Membervictorbos4-Oct-21 5:53 
I definitely learned something new from your article. Rose | [Rose]

Background: Although likely not relevant to my question, I am learning how to use WebView2, and the Microsoft's example, suggests adding a bunch of event handlers (though with very little explanation). One of them is an event handler for "ContentLoading".

So if I merely want to remove "ContentLoading" event handler why is your approach (i.e., using code suitably modified) more dangerous than the -= approach?

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1-Oct-21 1:04
MemberNEHA SINGH Oct20211-Oct-21 1:04 
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