List<int> types = new List<int>();
foreach (var d in myTableList)
    if (!types.Contains((int)d.item_type))

I have a table in db called myTable. There is a column in it called item_type. It is integer.

I want to make a list which would have all item_type which are in myTableList, but there shouldn't be duplicates.

I tried:

types = myTableList.Distinct(x => x.item_type)

but I want types to be list of integers, not items of type myTable.


2 Answers 2



types = myTableList
    .Select(x => (int)x.item_type)

You may also want to add .ToList() at the end if you want to match original code


Another option is to just use a HashSet<T> to do the distinction for you:

var types = new HashSet<int>(myTableList.Select(x => (int)x.item_type)).ToList();
  • \$\begingroup\$ Distinct does exactly that \$\endgroup\$
    – almaz
    Feb 2, 2013 at 9:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to expand my previous comment... Distinct uses HashSet to ensure uniqueness of elements, and outputs element if it has not been seen before. \$\endgroup\$
    – almaz
    Feb 2, 2013 at 10:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, hence why I said "another option". \$\endgroup\$
    – OJ.
    Feb 2, 2013 at 22:16

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