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Thread.GetApartmentState Method

Returns an ApartmentState value indicating the apartment state.

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

public ApartmentState GetApartmentState()

Return Value

Type: System.Threading.ApartmentState
One of the ApartmentState values indicating the apartment state of the managed thread. The default is ApartmentState.Unknown.

This method, along with the SetApartmentState method and the TrySetApartmentState method, replaces the ApartmentState property.

The following code example demonstrates the GetApartmentState, SetApartmentState, and TrySetApartmentState methods. The code example creates a thread. Before the thread is started, GetApartmentState displays the initial ApartmentState.Unknown state and SetApartmentState changes the state to ApartmentState.STA. The TrySetApartmentState method then returns false when attempting to change the state to ApartmentState.MTA because the apartment state is already set. If the same operation had been attempted with SetApartmentState, InvalidOperationException would have been thrown.

After the thread is started, the TrySetApartmentState method is used again. This time it throws ThreadStateException because the thread has already been started.

using System;
using System.Threading;

class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        Thread t = new Thread(ThreadProc);
        Console.WriteLine("Before setting apartment state: {0}", 
            t.GetApartmentState());

        t.SetApartmentState(ApartmentState.STA);
        Console.WriteLine("After setting apartment state: {0}", 
            t.GetApartmentState());

        bool result = t.TrySetApartmentState(ApartmentState.MTA);
        Console.WriteLine("Try to change state: {0}", result);

        t.Start();

        Thread.Sleep(500);

        try
        {
            t.TrySetApartmentState(ApartmentState.STA);
        }
        catch (ThreadStateException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("ThreadStateException occurs " +
                "if apartment state is set after starting thread.");
        }

        t.Join();
    }

    public static void ThreadProc()
    {
        Thread.Sleep(2000);
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

Before setting apartment state: Unknown
After setting apartment state: STA
Try to change state: False
ThreadStateException occurs if apartment state is set after starting thread.
 */

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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