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Marshal.Release Method

Decrements the reference count on the specified interface.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static int Release(
	IntPtr pUnk
)

Parameters

pUnk
Type: System.IntPtr
The interface to release.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The new value of the reference count on the interface specified by the pUnk parameter.

The common language runtime manages the reference count of a COM object for you, making it unnecessary to use this method directly. Use this value only for testing purposes. In rare cases, such as testing a custom marshaler, you might find it necessary to manipulate an object's lifetime manually. Only programs that call Marshal.AddRef should call Release. Calling Release after the reference count has reached zero causes undefined behavior.

You can call Marshal.GetComInterfaceForObject, Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject, or Marshal.GetIDispatchForObject to obtain an IntPtr value that represents a IUnknown interface pointer to release. You can also use these methods and the Release method on managed objects to release the COM interfaces represented by the managed object's COM Callable Wrapper.

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve an IUnknown interface for a managed object using the GetIUnknownForObject method. The example then releases the interface pointer by calling the Release method.


using System;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

class Program
{

    static void Run()
    {

        // Create an int object
        int obj = 1;

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject...");

        // Get the IUnKnown pointer for the Integer object
        IntPtr pointer = Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject(obj);

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.Release...");

        // Always call Marshal.Release to decrement the reference count.
        Marshal.Release(pointer);
    }

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        Run();
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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