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GC.Collect Method (Int32)

Forces an immediate garbage collection from generation 0 through a specified generation.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
static member Collect : 
        generation:int -> unit


Type: System.Int32

The number of the oldest generation that garbage collection can be performed on.


generation is not valid.

Use this method to try to reclaim memory that is inaccessible. However, using this method does not guarantee that all inaccessible memory in the specified generation is reclaimed.

If object aging is implemented, the garbage collector does not collect objects with a generation number that is higher than the specified generation. If object aging is not implemented, the garbage collector considers all objects during the garbage collection.

Use the MaxGeneration property to determine the maximum valid value of the generation parameter.

To have the garbage collector consider all objects regardless of their generation, use the version of this method that takes no parameters. To have the garbage collector reclaim objects based on a GCCollectionMode setting, use the GC.Collect(Int32, GCCollectionMode) method overload.

The following example demonstrates how to use the Collect method to perform a collection on individual layers of memory. The code generates a number of unused objects, and then calls the Collect method to clean them from memory.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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