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ServiceController.ServiceType Property

Gets the type of service that this object references.

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

public ServiceType ServiceType { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.ServiceProcess.ServiceType
One of the ServiceType values, used to indicate the network service type.


An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The service was not found.

The service type indicates how the service is used by the system. The value of the ServiceType property represents a set of flags combined using the bitwise OR operator.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to display the device driver services on the local computer.

ServiceController[] scDevices;
scDevices = ServiceController.GetDevices();

int numAdapter = 0,
    numFileSystem = 0, 
    numKernel = 0, 
    numRecognizer = 0;

// Display the list of device driver services.
Console.WriteLine("Device driver services on the local computer:");

foreach (ServiceController scTemp in scDevices)
   // Display the status and the service name, for example, 
   //   [Running] PCI Bus Driver 
   //             Type = KernelDriver

   Console.WriteLine(" [{0}] {1}", 
                     scTemp.Status, scTemp.DisplayName);
   Console.WriteLine("           Type = {0}", scTemp.ServiceType); 

   // Update counters using the service type bit flags. 
   if ((scTemp.ServiceType & ServiceType.Adapter) != 0)
   if ((scTemp.ServiceType & ServiceType.FileSystemDriver) != 0)
   if ((scTemp.ServiceType & ServiceType.KernelDriver) != 0)
   if ((scTemp.ServiceType & ServiceType.RecognizerDriver) != 0)


Console.WriteLine("Total of {0} device driver services", scDevices.Length);
Console.WriteLine("  {0} are adapter drivers", numAdapter);
Console.WriteLine("  {0} are file system drivers", numFileSystem);
Console.WriteLine("  {0} are kernel drivers", numKernel);
Console.WriteLine("  {0} are file system recognizer drivers", numRecognizer);

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