StackTrace Class

Represents a stack trace, which is an ordered collection of one or more stack frames.

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

[SerializableAttribute]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction::InheritanceDemand, UnmanagedCode = true)]
public ref class StackTrace

StackTrace information will be most informative with Debug build configurations. By default, Debug builds include debug symbols, while Release builds do not. The debug symbols contain most of the file, method name, line number, and column information used in constructing StackFrame and StackTrace objects.

StackTrace might not report as many method calls as expected, due to code transformations that occur during optimization.

The following console application demonstrates how to create a simple StackTrace and iterate through its frames to obtain debugging and diagnostic information.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Diagnostics;
ref class StackTraceSample
{
private:
   ref class MyInternalClass
   {
   public:
      void ThrowsException()
      {
         try
         {
            throw gcnew Exception( "A problem was encountered." );
         }
         catch ( Exception^ e ) 
         {

            // Create a StackTrace that captures 
            // filename, line number, and column 
            // information for the current thread.
            StackTrace^ st = gcnew StackTrace( true );
            String^ stackIndent = "";
            for ( int i = 0; i < st->FrameCount; i++ )
            {

               // Note that at this level, there are five 
               // stack frames, one for each method invocation.
               StackFrame^ sf = st->GetFrame( i );
               Console::WriteLine();
               Console::WriteLine( "{0}Method: {1}", stackIndent, sf->GetMethod() );
               Console::WriteLine( "{0}File: {1}", stackIndent, sf->GetFileName() );
               Console::WriteLine( "{0}Line Number: {1}", stackIndent, sf->GetFileLineNumber().ToString() );
               stackIndent = String::Concat( stackIndent, "  " );

            }
            throw e;
         }

      }

   };


protected:
   void MyProtectedMethod()
   {
      MyInternalClass^ mic = gcnew MyInternalClass;
      mic->ThrowsException();
   }


public:
   void MyPublicMethod()
   {
      MyProtectedMethod();
   }

};

int main()
{
   StackTraceSample^ sample = gcnew StackTraceSample;
   try
   {
      sample->MyPublicMethod();
   }
   catch ( Exception^ ) 
   {

      // Create a StackTrace that captures 
      // filename, line number, and column 
      // information for the current thread.
      StackTrace^ st = gcnew StackTrace( true );
      for ( int i = 0; i < st->FrameCount; i++ )
      {

         // For an executable built from C++, there 
         // are two stack frames here: one for main, 
         // and one for the _mainCRTStartup stub. 
         StackFrame^ sf = st->GetFrame( i );
         Console::WriteLine();
         Console::WriteLine( "High up the call stack, Method: {0}", sf->GetMethod()->ToString() );
         Console::WriteLine( "High up the call stack, Line Number: {0}", sf->GetFileLineNumber().ToString() );

      }
   }

}

/*
This console application produces the following output when
compiled with the Debug configuration.

  Method: Void ThrowsException()
  File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
  Line Number: 20

    Method: Void MyProtectedMethod()
    File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
    Line Number: 45

      Method: Void MyPublicMethod()
      File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
      Line Number: 50

        Method: Int32 main()
        File: c:\samples\stacktraceframe\myclass.cpp
        Line Number: 56

          Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
          File:
          Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: Int32 main()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 62

  High up the call stack, Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

This console application produces the following output when
compiled with the Release configuration.

  Method: Void ThrowsException()
  File:
  Line Number: 0

    Method: Int32 main()
    File:
    Line Number: 0

      Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
      File:
      Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: Int32 main()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

  High up the call stack, Method: UInt32 _mainCRTStartup()
  High up the call stack, Line Number: 0

*/

System::Object
  System.Diagnostics::StackTrace

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

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
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