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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);

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