Code Inspection: Type or member is never used (non-private accessibility)
Unused types or members might indicate dead code, which can occur, for example, after changing your codebase. JetBrains Rider detects methods that are not called and types that are not used.
To reduce code size and simplify its maintenance, JetBrains Rider suggests you to either remove or comment out the unused type or member.
For the solution-wide inspection to work, you need either or both of the following:
- The simplified global usage checking is enabled — Show unused non-private type members when solution-wide analysis is off on the page of JetBrains Rider settings (Ctrl+Alt+S).
- The solution-wide analysis is enabled — Enable solution-wide analysis on the page of JetBrains Rider settings (Ctrl+Alt+S).
Note that even if a symbol has no direct usages in your solution and JetBrains Rider warns you about it, there could be cases where symbols are used indirectly — e.g. via reflection — or they could just be designed as public API. In all those cases you would want to suppress the usage-checking inspection for the symbol in question, and there are several ways to do so:
- The recommended way is to decorate the implicitly used symbols with code annotation attributes. There are two attributes for this purpose: [UsedImplicitly] and [PublicAPI], which are functionally similar, but let you and your teammates understand how the symbol is actually used.
- You can also suppress usage-checking inspections with any custom attribute. To do so, mark the definition of that attribute with the [MeansImplicitUse] attribute.
- And finally, you can suppress a specific usage-checking inspection as any other code inspection with a suppression comment or a suppression attribute.