Enumerating Filters

The Filter Graph Manager supports the IFilterGraph::EnumFilters method, which enumerates all the filters in the filter graph. It returns a pointer to the IEnumFilters interface. The IEnumFilters::Next method retrieves IBaseFilter interface pointers.

The following example shows a function that enumerates the filters in a graph and displays a message box with each filter's name. It uses the IBaseFilter::QueryFilterInfo method to retrieve the name of the filter. Note the places where the function calls Release on an interface to decrement the reference count.

HRESULT EnumFilters (IFilterGraph *pGraph) 
    IEnumFilters *pEnum = NULL;
    IBaseFilter *pFilter;
    ULONG cFetched;

    HRESULT hr = pGraph->EnumFilters(&pEnum);
    if (FAILED(hr)) return hr;

    while(pEnum->Next(1, &pFilter, &cFetched) == S_OK)
        FILTER_INFO FilterInfo;
        hr = pFilter->QueryFilterInfo(&FilterInfo);
        if (FAILED(hr))
            MessageBox(NULL, TEXT("Could not get the filter info"),
                TEXT("Error"), MB_OK | MB_ICONERROR);
            continue;  // Maybe the next one will work.

#ifdef UNICODE
        MessageBox(NULL, FilterInfo.achName, TEXT("Filter Name"), MB_OK);
        char szName[MAX_FILTER_NAME];
        int cch = WideCharToMultiByte(CP_ACP, 0, FilterInfo.achName,
            MAX_FILTER_NAME, szName, MAX_FILTER_NAME, 0, 0);
        if (cch > 0)
            MessageBox(NULL, szName, TEXT("Filter Name"), MB_OK);

        // The FILTER_INFO structure holds a pointer to the Filter Graph
        // Manager, with a reference count that must be released.
        if (FilterInfo.pGraph != NULL)

    return S_OK;

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Enumerating Objects in a Filter Graph



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