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BackgroundWorker Class

Executes an operation on a separate thread.

Namespace: System.ComponentModel
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

'Declaration
Public Class BackgroundWorker
	Inherits Component
'Usage
Dim instance As BackgroundWorker

public class BackgroundWorker extends Component
public class BackgroundWorker extends Component
Not applicable.

The BackgroundWorker class allows you to run an operation on a separate, dedicated thread. Time-consuming operations like downloads and database transactions can cause your user interface (UI) to seem as though it has stopped responding while they are running. When you want a responsive UI and you are faced with long delays associated with such operations, the BackgroundWorker class provides a convenient solution.

To execute a time-consuming operation in the background, create a BackgroundWorker and listen for events that report the progress of your operation and signal when your operation is finished. You can create the BackgroundWorker programmatically or you can drag it onto your form from the Components tab of the Toolbox. If you create the BackgroundWorker in the Windows Forms Designer, it will appear in the Component Tray, and its properties will be displayed in the Properties window.

To set up for a background operation, add an event handler for the DoWork event. Call your time-consuming operation in this event handler. To start the operation, call RunWorkerAsync. To receive notifications of progress updates, handle the ProgressChanged event. To receive a notification when the operation is completed, handle the RunWorkerCompleted event.

NoteNote:

You must be careful not to manipulate any user-interface objects in your DoWork event handler. Instead, communicate to the user interface through the ProgressChanged and RunWorkerCompleted events.

BackgroundWorker events are not marshaled across AppDomain boundaries. Do not use a BackgroundWorker component to perform multithreaded operations in more than one AppDomain.

If your background operation requires a parameter, call RunWorkerAsync with your parameter. Inside the DoWork event handler, you can extract the parameter from the DoWorkEventArgs.Argument property.

For more information about BackgroundWorker, see How to: Run an Operation in the Background.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the BackgroundWorker class for executing a time-consuming operation asynchronously. The operation computes the selected Fibonacci number, reports progress updates as the calculation proceeds, and permits a pending calculation to be canceled.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Threading
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class FibonacciForm
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

    Private numberToCompute As Integer = 0
    Private highestPercentageReached As Integer = 0

    Private numericUpDown1 As System.Windows.Forms.NumericUpDown
    Private WithEvents startAsyncButton As System.Windows.Forms.Button
    Private WithEvents cancelAsyncButton As System.Windows.Forms.Button
    Private progressBar1 As System.Windows.Forms.ProgressBar
    Private resultLabel As System.Windows.Forms.Label
    Private WithEvents backgroundWorker1 As System.ComponentModel.BackgroundWorker


    Public Sub New()
        InitializeComponent()
    End Sub 'New

    Private Sub startAsyncButton_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, _
    ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
    Handles startAsyncButton.Click

        ' Reset the text in the result label.
        resultLabel.Text = [String].Empty

        ' Disable the UpDown control until 
        ' the asynchronous operation is done.
        Me.numericUpDown1.Enabled = False

        ' Disable the Start button until 
        ' the asynchronous operation is done.
        Me.startAsyncButton.Enabled = False

        ' Enable the Cancel button while 
        ' the asynchronous operation runs.
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.Enabled = True

        ' Get the value from the UpDown control.
        numberToCompute = CInt(numericUpDown1.Value)

        ' Reset the variable for percentage tracking.
        highestPercentageReached = 0


        ' Start the asynchronous operation.
        backgroundWorker1.RunWorkerAsync(numberToCompute)
    End Sub 

    Private Sub cancelAsyncButton_Click( _
    ByVal sender As System.Object, _
    ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
    Handles cancelAsyncButton.Click
        
        ' Cancel the asynchronous operation.
        Me.backgroundWorker1.CancelAsync()

        ' Disable the Cancel button.
        cancelAsyncButton.Enabled = False
        
    End Sub 'cancelAsyncButton_Click

    ' This event handler is where the actual work is done.
    Private Sub backgroundWorker1_DoWork( _
    ByVal sender As Object, _
    ByVal e As DoWorkEventArgs) _
    Handles backgroundWorker1.DoWork

        ' Get the BackgroundWorker object that raised this event.
        Dim worker As BackgroundWorker = _
            CType(sender, BackgroundWorker)

        ' Assign the result of the computation
        ' to the Result property of the DoWorkEventArgs
        ' object. This is will be available to the 
        ' RunWorkerCompleted eventhandler.
        e.Result = ComputeFibonacci(e.Argument, worker, e)
    End Sub 'backgroundWorker1_DoWork

    ' This event handler deals with the results of the
    ' background operation.
    Private Sub backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted( _
    ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs) _
    Handles backgroundWorker1.RunWorkerCompleted

        ' First, handle the case where an exception was thrown.
        If (e.Error IsNot Nothing) Then
            MessageBox.Show(e.Error.Message)
        ElseIf e.Cancelled Then
            ' Next, handle the case where the user canceled the 
            ' operation.
            ' Note that due to a race condition in 
            ' the DoWork event handler, the Cancelled
            ' flag may not have been set, even though
            ' CancelAsync was called.
            resultLabel.Text = "Canceled"
        Else
            ' Finally, handle the case where the operation succeeded.
            resultLabel.Text = e.Result.ToString()
        End If

        ' Enable the UpDown control.
        Me.numericUpDown1.Enabled = True

        ' Enable the Start button.
        startAsyncButton.Enabled = True

        ' Disable the Cancel button.
        cancelAsyncButton.Enabled = False
    End Sub 'backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted

    ' This event handler updates the progress bar.
    Private Sub backgroundWorker1_ProgressChanged( _
    ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As ProgressChangedEventArgs) _
    Handles backgroundWorker1.ProgressChanged

        Me.progressBar1.Value = e.ProgressPercentage

    End Sub

    ' This is the method that does the actual work. For this
    ' example, it computes a Fibonacci number and
    ' reports progress as it does its work.
    Function ComputeFibonacci( _
        ByVal n As Integer, _
        ByVal worker As BackgroundWorker, _
        ByVal e As DoWorkEventArgs) As Long

        ' The parameter n must be >= 0 and <= 91.
        ' Fib(n), with n > 91, overflows a long.
        If n < 0 OrElse n > 91 Then
            Throw New ArgumentException( _
                "value must be >= 0 and <= 91", "n")
        End If

        Dim result As Long = 0

        ' Abort the operation if the user has canceled.
        ' Note that a call to CancelAsync may have set 
        ' CancellationPending to true just after the
        ' last invocation of this method exits, so this 
        ' code will not have the opportunity to set the 
        ' DoWorkEventArgs.Cancel flag to true. This means
        ' that RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs.Cancelled will
        ' not be set to true in your RunWorkerCompleted
        ' event handler. This is a race condition.
        If worker.CancellationPending Then
            e.Cancel = True
        Else
            If n < 2 Then
                result = 1
            Else
                result = ComputeFibonacci(n - 1, worker, e) + _
                         ComputeFibonacci(n - 2, worker, e)
            End If

            ' Report progress as a percentage of the total task.
            Dim percentComplete As Integer = _
                CSng(n) / CSng(numberToCompute) * 100
            If percentComplete > highestPercentageReached Then
                highestPercentageReached = percentComplete
                worker.ReportProgress(percentComplete)
            End If

        End If

        Return result

    End Function


    Private Sub InitializeComponent()
        Me.numericUpDown1 = New System.Windows.Forms.NumericUpDown
        Me.startAsyncButton = New System.Windows.Forms.Button
        Me.cancelAsyncButton = New System.Windows.Forms.Button
        Me.resultLabel = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.progressBar1 = New System.Windows.Forms.ProgressBar
        Me.backgroundWorker1 = New System.ComponentModel.BackgroundWorker
        CType(Me.numericUpDown1, System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize).BeginInit()
        Me.SuspendLayout()
        '
        'numericUpDown1
        '
        Me.numericUpDown1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 16)
        Me.numericUpDown1.Maximum = New Decimal(New Integer() {91, 0, 0, 0})
        Me.numericUpDown1.Minimum = New Decimal(New Integer() {1, 0, 0, 0})
        Me.numericUpDown1.Name = "numericUpDown1"
        Me.numericUpDown1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(80, 20)
        Me.numericUpDown1.TabIndex = 0
        Me.numericUpDown1.Value = New Decimal(New Integer() {1, 0, 0, 0})
        '
        'startAsyncButton
        '
        Me.startAsyncButton.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 72)
        Me.startAsyncButton.Name = "startAsyncButton"
        Me.startAsyncButton.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(120, 23)
        Me.startAsyncButton.TabIndex = 1
        Me.startAsyncButton.Text = "Start Async"
        '
        'cancelAsyncButton
        '
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.Enabled = False
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(153, 72)
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.Name = "cancelAsyncButton"
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(119, 23)
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.TabIndex = 2
        Me.cancelAsyncButton.Text = "Cancel Async"
        '
        'resultLabel
        '
        Me.resultLabel.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.Fixed3D
        Me.resultLabel.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(112, 16)
        Me.resultLabel.Name = "resultLabel"
        Me.resultLabel.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(160, 23)
        Me.resultLabel.TabIndex = 3
        Me.resultLabel.Text = "(no result)"
        Me.resultLabel.TextAlign = System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter
        '
        'progressBar1
        '
        Me.progressBar1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(18, 48)
        Me.progressBar1.Name = "progressBar1"
        Me.progressBar1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(256, 8)
        Me.progressBar1.TabIndex = 4
        '
        'backgroundWorker1
        '
        Me.backgroundWorker1.WorkerReportsProgress = True
        Me.backgroundWorker1.WorkerSupportsCancellation = True
        '
        'FibonacciForm
        '
        Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(292, 118)
        Me.Controls.Add(Me.progressBar1)
        Me.Controls.Add(Me.resultLabel)
        Me.Controls.Add(Me.cancelAsyncButton)
        Me.Controls.Add(Me.startAsyncButton)
        Me.Controls.Add(Me.numericUpDown1)
        Me.Name = "FibonacciForm"
        Me.Text = "Fibonacci Calculator"
        CType(Me.numericUpDown1, System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize).EndInit()
        Me.ResumeLayout(False)

    End Sub 'InitializeComponent

    <STAThread()> _
    Shared Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New FibonacciForm)
    End Sub 'Main
End Class 'FibonacciForm 



import System.* ;
import System.Collections.* ;
import System.ComponentModel.* ;
import System.Drawing.* ;
import System.Threading.* ;
import System.Windows.Forms.* ;

public class FibonacciForm extends System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
    private int numberToCompute = 0;
    private int highestPercentageReached = 0;

    private System.Windows.Forms.NumericUpDown numericUpDown1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Button startAsyncButton;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Button cancelAsyncButton;
    private System.Windows.Forms.ProgressBar progressBar1;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label resultLabel;
    private System.ComponentModel.BackgroundWorker backgroundWorker1;

    public FibonacciForm()
    {
        InitializeComponent();
        InitializeBackgoundWorker();
    } //FibonacciForm

    // Set up the BackgroundWorker object by 
    // attaching event handlers. 
    private void InitializeBackgoundWorker()
    {
        backgroundWorker1.add_DoWork(new DoWorkEventHandler(
            backgroundWorker1_DoWork));
        backgroundWorker1.add_RunWorkerCompleted(
            new RunWorkerCompletedEventHandler(
            backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted));
        backgroundWorker1.add_ProgressChanged(
            new ProgressChangedEventHandler(backgroundWorker1_ProgressChanged));
    } //InitializeBackgoundWorker

    private void startAsyncButton_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        // Reset the text in the result label.
        resultLabel.set_Text(String.Empty);

        // Disable the UpDown control until 
        // the asynchronous operation is done.
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Enabled(false);

        // Disable the Start button until 
        // the asynchronous operation is done.
        this.startAsyncButton.set_Enabled(false);

        // Enable the Cancel button while 
        // the asynchronous operation runs.
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_Enabled(true);

        // Get the value from the UpDown control.
        numberToCompute = System.Convert.ToInt32((numericUpDown1.get_Value()));

        // Reset the variable for percentage tracking.
        highestPercentageReached = 0;

        // Start the asynchronous operation.
        backgroundWorker1.RunWorkerAsync(System.Convert.ToString
            (numberToCompute));
    }
    
    private void cancelAsyncButton_Click(Object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    {   
        // Cancel the asynchronous operation.
        this.backgroundWorker1.CancelAsync();

        // Disable the Cancel button.
        cancelAsyncButton.set_Enabled(false);
    }


    // This event handler is where the actual,
    // potentially time-consuming work is done.
    private void backgroundWorker1_DoWork(Object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)
    {
        // Get the BackgroundWorker that raised this event.
        BackgroundWorker worker = (BackgroundWorker)sender;

        // Assign the result of the computation
        // to the Result property of the DoWorkEventArgs
        // object. This is will be available to the 
        // RunWorkerCompleted eventhandler.
        e.set_Result(new Long(ComputeFibonacci(System.Convert.ToInt32
            (e.get_Argument()), worker, e)));
        //e.Result = ComputeFibonacci((int)e.Argument, worker, e); 
    } //backgroundWorker1_DoWork

    // This event handler deals with the results of the
    // background operation.
    private void backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted(Object sender,
        RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e)
    {
        // First, handle the case where an exception was thrown.
        if (e.get_Error() != null) {
        
            MessageBox.Show(e.get_Error().get_Message());
        }
        else {
        
            if (e.get_Cancelled()) {
            
                // Next, handle the case where the user cancelled 
                // the operation.
                // Note that due to a race condition in 
                // the DoWork event handler, the Cancelled
                // flag may not have been set, even though
                // CancelAsync was called.
                resultLabel.set_Text("Cancelled");
            }
            else {
            
                // Finally, handle the case where the operation 
                // succeeded.
                resultLabel.set_Text(e.get_Result().ToString());
            }
        }

        // Enable the UpDown control.
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Enabled(true);

        // Enable the Start button.
        startAsyncButton.set_Enabled(true);

        // Disable the Cancel button.
        cancelAsyncButton.set_Enabled(false);
    } //backgroundWorker1_RunWorkerCompleted

    // This event handler updates the progress bar.
    private void backgroundWorker1_ProgressChanged(Object sender,
        ProgressChangedEventArgs e)
    {
        this.progressBar1.set_Value(e.get_ProgressPercentage());
    } //backgroundWorker1_ProgressChanged

    // This is the method that does the actual work. For this
    // example, it computes a Fibonacci number and
    // reports progress as it does its work.
    long ComputeFibonacci(int n, BackgroundWorker worker, DoWorkEventArgs e)
    {
        // The parameter n must be >= 0 and <= 91.
        // Fib(n), with n > 91, overflows a long.
        if (n < 0 || n > 91) {
            throw new ArgumentException("value must be >= 0 and <= 91", "n");
        }

        long result = 0;

        // Abort the operation if the user has cancelled.
        // Note that a call to CancelAsync may have set 
        // CancellationPending to true just after the
        // last invocation of this method exits, so this 
        // code will not have the opportunity to set the 
        // DoWorkEventArgs.Cancel flag to true. This means
        // that RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs.Cancelled will
        // not be set to true in your RunWorkerCompleted
        // event handler. This is a race condition.
        if (worker.get_CancellationPending()) {
        
            e.set_Cancel(true);
        }
        else {
        
            if (n < 2) {
            
                result = 1;
            }
            else {
            
                result = ComputeFibonacci(n - 1, worker, e) 
                    + ComputeFibonacci(n - 2, worker, e);
            }

            // Report progress as a percentage of the total task.
            int percentComplete=(int)((float)(n)/(float)(numberToCompute)* 100);

            if (percentComplete > highestPercentageReached) {            
                highestPercentageReached = percentComplete;
                worker.ReportProgress(percentComplete);
            }
        }

        return result;
    } 

    #region Windows Form Designer generated code
    private void InitializeComponent()
    {
        this.numericUpDown1 = new System.Windows.Forms.NumericUpDown();
        this.startAsyncButton = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
        this.cancelAsyncButton = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
        this.resultLabel = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.progressBar1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ProgressBar();
        this.backgroundWorker1 = new System.ComponentModel.BackgroundWorker();
        ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.numericUpDown1)).
            BeginInit();
        this.SuspendLayout();

        // 
        // numericUpDown1
        // 
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(16, 16));
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Maximum(new System.Decimal(
            new int[] { 91, 0, 0, 0 }));
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Minimum(new System.Decimal(
            new int[] { 1, 0, 0, 0 }));
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Name("numericUpDown1");
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(80, 20));
        this.numericUpDown1.set_TabIndex(0);
        this.numericUpDown1.set_Value(new System.Decimal(
            new int[] { 1, 0, 0, 0 }));

        // 
        // startAsyncButton
        // 
        this.startAsyncButton.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(16, 72));
        this.startAsyncButton.set_Name("startAsyncButton");
        this.startAsyncButton.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(120, 23));
        this.startAsyncButton.set_TabIndex(1);
        this.startAsyncButton.set_Text("Start Async");
        this.startAsyncButton.add_Click(
            new System.EventHandler(this.startAsyncButton_Click));

        // 
        // cancelAsyncButton
        // 
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_Enabled(false);
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(153, 72));
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_Name("cancelAsyncButton");
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(119, 23));
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_TabIndex(2);
        this.cancelAsyncButton.set_Text("Cancel Async");
        this.cancelAsyncButton.add_Click(
            new System.EventHandler(this.cancelAsyncButton_Click));

        // 
        // resultLabel
        // 
        this.resultLabel.set_BorderStyle(System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.Fixed3D);
        this.resultLabel.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(112, 16));
        this.resultLabel.set_Name("resultLabel");
        this.resultLabel.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(160, 23));
        this.resultLabel.set_TabIndex(3);
        this.resultLabel.set_Text("(no result)");
        this.resultLabel.set_TextAlign(System.Drawing.ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter);

        // 
        // progressBar1
        // 
        this.progressBar1.set_Location(new System.Drawing.Point(18, 48));
        this.progressBar1.set_Name("progressBar1");
        this.progressBar1.set_Size(new System.Drawing.Size(256, 8));
        this.progressBar1.set_Step(2);
        this.progressBar1.set_TabIndex(4);

        // 
        // backgroundWorker1
        // 
        this.backgroundWorker1.set_WorkerReportsProgress(true);
        this.backgroundWorker1.set_WorkerSupportsCancellation(true);

        // 
        // FibonacciForm
        // 
        this.set_ClientSize(new System.Drawing.Size(292, 118));
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.progressBar1);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.resultLabel);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.cancelAsyncButton);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.startAsyncButton);
        this.get_Controls().Add(this.numericUpDown1);
        this.set_Name("FibonacciForm");
        this.set_Text("Fibonacci Calculator");
        ((System.ComponentModel.ISupportInitialize)(this.numericUpDown1)).
            EndInit();
        this.ResumeLayout(false);
    } //InitializeComponent
    #endregion

    /** @attribute STAThread()
     */
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        Application.Run(new FibonacciForm());
    } //main
} //FibonacciForm
   

System.Object
   System.MarshalByRefObject
     System.ComponentModel.Component
      System.ComponentModel.BackgroundWorker

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

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Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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