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C# Error CS0442 – ‘Property’: abstract properties cannot have private accessors

C# Compiler Error

CS0442 – ‘Property’: abstract properties cannot have private accessors

Reason for the Error

You’ll get this error in your C# code when you try to use the private access modifier on an accessor of a abstract property.

For example, let’s try to compile the below C# code snippet.

using System;
namespace DeveloperPublishNamespace
{
    public abstract class Employee
    {
        public abstract int Id
        {
            get;
            private set; 
        }
    }
    class Program
    {      
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Hello World!");
        }
    }
}

You’ll receive the error code CS0442 when you build the above C# code because you have declared an abstract property “Id” in the Employee class but you have modified the access modifier of the setter to private.

Error CS0442 ‘Employee.Id.set’: abstract properties cannot have private accessors DeveloperPublish C:\Users\Senthil\source\repos\ConsoleApp4\ConsoleApp4\Program.cs 9 Active

C# Error CS0442 – 'Property': abstract properties cannot have private accessors

Solution

You can fix this error in your C# program by either making the accessor non-abstract or using a different access modifier for the property.

using System;
namespace DeveloperPublishNamespace
{
    public abstract class Employee
    {
        public abstract int Id
        {
            get;
            set; 
        }
    }
    class Program
    {      
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Hello World!");
        }
    }
}