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ServiceController.Status Property

Gets the status of the service that is referenced by this instance.

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

<ServiceProcessDescriptionAttribute("SPStatus")> _
Public ReadOnly Property Status As ServiceControllerStatus

Property Value

Type: System.ServiceProcess.ServiceControllerStatus
One of the ServiceControllerStatus values that indicates whether the service is running, stopped, or paused, or whether a start, stop, pause, or continue command is pending.


An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The service was not found.

The status indicates the current state of the service. The set of possible values includes several that indicate whether a state-changing command is pending.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to check the current status of the Telnet service. If the service is stopped, the example starts the service. If the service is running, the example stops the service.

         ' Toggle the Telnet service - 
         ' If it is started (running, paused, etc), stop the service.
         ' If it is stopped, start the service.
         Dim sc As New ServiceController("Telnet")
         Console.WriteLine("The Telnet service status is currently set to {0}", sc.Status)

         If sc.Status.Equals(ServiceControllerStatus.Stopped) Or sc.Status.Equals(ServiceControllerStatus.StopPending) Then
            ' Start the service if the current status is stopped.
            Console.WriteLine("Starting the Telnet service...")
            ' Stop the service if its status is not set to "Stopped".
            Console.WriteLine("Stopping the Telnet service...")
         End If

         ' Refresh and display the current service status.
         Console.WriteLine("The Telnet service status is now set to {0}.", sc.Status)

.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.