Process.ProcessName Property

Updated: July 2010

Gets the name of the process.

Namespace:  System.Diagnostics
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public string ProcessName { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The name that the system uses to identify the process to the user.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The process does not have an identifier, or no process is associated with the Process.

-or-

The associated process has exited.

PlatformNotSupportedException

The platform is Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me); set ProcessStartInfo.UseShellExecute to false to access this property on Windows 98 and Windows Me.

The ProcessName property holds an executable file name, such as Outlook, that does not include the .exe extension or the path. It is helpful for getting and manipulating all the processes that are associated with the same executable file.

NoteNote:

On Windows 2000 operating systems, the ProcessName property may be truncated to 15 characters if the process module information cannot be obtained.

You can call GetProcessesByName, passing it an executable file name, to retrieve an array that contains every running instance on the specified computer. You can use this array, for example, to shut down all the running instances of the executable file.

Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition Platform Note: This property is not available on this platform if you started the process with ProcessStartInfo.UseShellExecute set to true.

  • LinkDemand 

    for full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted code.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

July 2010

Added information about length of name in Windows 2000.

Customer feedback.

May 2009

Corrected the type of the first exception.

Customer feedback.

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