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ServiceController.DisplayName Property

Gets or sets a friendly name for the service.

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

public string DisplayName { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The friendly name of the service, which can be used to identify the service.


The DisplayName is null.


An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The service was not found.

You can set the DisplayName to an empty string (""), but setting the property to null throws an exception.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to display the set of services that are dependent on the Event Log service.

         ServiceController sc =  new ServiceController("Event Log");
         ServiceController[] scServices = sc.DependentServices;

         // Display the list of services dependent on the Event Log service.
         if (scServices.Length == 0)
            Console.WriteLine("There are no services dependent on {0}", 
            Console.WriteLine("Services dependent on {0}:",

            foreach (ServiceController scTemp in scServices)
               Console.WriteLine(" {0}", scTemp.DisplayName);

.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

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.