Difference Between Var And Dynamic In C#

The keyword 'var' was introduced in C# 3.0 (.NET 3.5 with Visual Studio 2008) and the type 'dynamic' was introduced in C# 4.0 ( .NET 4.0 with Visual Studio 2010). Let us see the difference between these two.

Variables declared with Var are implicitly but statically typed. Variables declared with dynamic are dynamically typed. This capability was added to the CLR in order to support dynamic languages like Ruby and Python.

This means that dynamic declarations are resolved at run-time, Var declarations are resolved at compile-time.

Table of Differences

vardynamic
Introduced in C# 3.0Introduced in C# 4.0
Statically typed 
This means the type of variable declared is decided by the compiler at compile time.
Dynamically typed 
This means the type of variable declared is decided by the compiler at runtime time.
Need to initialize at the time of declaration.e.g., var str=” I am a string”; Looking at the value assigned to the variable str, the compiler will treat the variable str as a string.Noneed to initialize at the time of declaration.e.g., dynamic str;str=”I am a string”; //Works fine and compilesstr=2; //Works fine and compiles
Errors are caught at compile time. Since the compiler knows about the type and the methods and properties of the type at the compile time itselfErrors are caught at runtimeSince the compiler comes to about the type and the methods and properties of the type at the run time.
Visual Studio shows intellisense since the type of variable assigned is known to the compiler.Intellisense is not available since the type and its related methods and properties can be known at the run time only
e.g., var obj1; will throw a compile error since the variable is not initialized. The compiler needs that this variable should be initialized so that it can infer a type from the value.e.g., dynamic obj1; will compile;
e.g. var obj1=1; will compilevar obj1=” I am a string”; will throw an error since the compiler has already decided that the type of obj1 is System.Int32 when the value 1 was assigned to it. Now assigning a string value to it violates the type safety.e.g. dynamic obj1=1; will compile and rundynamic obj1=” I am a string”; will compile and run since the compiler creates the type for obj1 as System.Int32 and then recreates the type as a string when the value “I am a string” was assigned to it. This code will work fine.