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Thread.Start Method

Causes the operating system to change the state of the current instance to ThreadState.Running.

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public void Start()

ExceptionCondition
ThreadStateException

The thread has already been started.

OutOfMemoryException

There is not enough memory available to start this thread.

Once a thread is in the ThreadState.Running state, the operating system can schedule it for execution. The thread begins executing at the first line of the method that is represented by the ThreadStart or ParameterizedThreadStart delegate supplied to the thread constructor.

NoteNote:

If this overload is used with a thread that was created by using a ParameterizedThreadStart delegate, null is passed to the method that is executed by the thread.

Once the thread terminates, it cannot be restarted with another call to Start.

This section contains two code examples. The first example shows how to create and start a thread that executes a static method. The second example shows how to create and start a thread that executes an instance method.

The examples display their output in a TextBlock on the user interface (UI) thread. To access the TextBlock from the callback thread, the examples use the Dispatcher property to obtain a Dispatcher object for the TextBlock, and then use the Dispatcher.BeginInvoke method to make the cross-thread call.

For more information about thread creation, see Creating Threads and Passing Data at Start Time.

Example 1

The following example shows how to create and start a thread that executes a static method.


using System;
using System.Threading;

public class Example
{
   private static System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock;

   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      Example.outputBlock = outputBlock;

      // To start a thread using a static thread procedure, use the
      // class name and method name when you create the ThreadStart
      // delegate. C# expands the method name to the appropriate 
      // delegate creation syntax:
      //    New ThreadStart(Example.DoWork)
      //
      Thread newThread = new Thread(Example.DoWork);
      newThread.Start();
   }

   // Simulate work. To communicate with objects on the UI thread, get the 
   // Dispatcher for one of the UI objects. Use the Dispatcher object's 
   // BeginInvoke method to queue a delegate that will run on the UI thread,
   // and therefore can safely access UI elements like the TextBlock.
   private static void DoWork()
   {
      outputBlock.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(delegate () { 
         outputBlock.Text += "Hello from a static thread procedure.\n"; 
      });
   }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Hello from a static thread procedure.
 */


Example 2

The following example shows how to create and start a thread that executes an instance method.


using System;
using System.Threading;

public class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      // To start a thread using an instance method for the thread 
      // procedure, use the instance variable and method name when 
      // you create the ThreadStart delegate. C# expands the object
      // reference and method name to the appropriate delegate 
      // creation syntax:
      //    New ThreadStart(AddressOf w.DoMoreWork)
      //
      Work w = new Work();
      w.Data = 42;
      w.Output = outputBlock;

      Thread newThread = new Thread(w.DoMoreWork);
      newThread.Start();
   }
}

public class Work
{
   public int Data;
   public System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock Output;

   // Simulate work. To communicate with objects on the UI thread, get the 
   // Dispatcher for one of the UI objects. Use the Dispatcher object's 
   // BeginInvoke method to queue a delegate that will run on the UI thread,
   // and therefore can safely access UI elements like the TextBlock.
   public void DoMoreWork()
   {
      Output.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(delegate () {
         Output.Text += String.Format("Instance thread procedure. Data={0}\n", Data);
      });
   }
}

// This code example produces the following output:
//
//Instance thread procedure. Data=42


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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