InterlockedExchange Method
 

Sets a 32-bit signed integer to a specified value and returns the original value, as an atomic operation.

Namespace:   System.Threading
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static int Exchange(
	ref int location1,
	int value
)
public:
static int Exchange(
	int% location1,
	int value
)
static member Exchange : 
        location1:int byref *
        value:int -> int
Public Shared Function Exchange (
	ByRef location1 As Integer,
	value As Integer
) As Integer

Parameters

location1
Type:

The variable to set to the specified value.

value
Type:

The value to which the location1 parameter is set.

Return Value

Type:

The original value of location1.

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

The address of location1 is a null pointer.

The following code example shows a thread-safe resource locking mechanism.

using System;
using System.Threading;

namespace InterlockedExchange_Example
{
    class MyInterlockedExchangeExampleClass
    {
        //0 for false, 1 for true.
        private static int usingResource = 0;

        private const int numThreadIterations = 5;
        private const int numThreads = 10;

        static void Main()
        {
            Thread myThread;
            Random rnd = new Random();

            for(int i = 0; i < numThreads; i++)
            {
                myThread = new Thread(new ThreadStart(MyThreadProc));
                myThread.Name = String.Format("Thread{0}", i + 1);

                //Wait a random amount of time before starting next thread.
                Thread.Sleep(rnd.Next(0, 1000));
                myThread.Start();
            }
        }

        private static void MyThreadProc()
        {
            for(int i = 0; i < numThreadIterations; i++)
            {
                UseResource();

                //Wait 1 second before next attempt.
                Thread.Sleep(1000);
            }
        }

        //A simple method that denies reentrancy.
        static bool UseResource()
        {
            //0 indicates that the method is not in use.
            if(0 == Interlocked.Exchange(ref usingResource, 1))
            {
                Console.WriteLine("{0} acquired the lock", Thread.CurrentThread.Name);

                //Code to access a resource that is not thread safe would go here.

                //Simulate some work
                Thread.Sleep(500);

                Console.WriteLine("{0} exiting lock", Thread.CurrentThread.Name);

                //Release the lock
                Interlocked.Exchange(ref usingResource, 0);
                return true;
            }
            else
            {
                Console.WriteLine("   {0} was denied the lock", Thread.CurrentThread.Name);
                return false;
            }
        }

    }
}  
Imports System
Imports System.Threading

Namespace InterlockedExchange_Example
    Class MyInterlockedExchangeExampleClass
        '0 for false, 1 for true.
        Private Shared usingResource As Integer = 0

        Private Const numThreadIterations As Integer = 5
        Private Const numThreads As Integer = 10

        <MTAThread> _
        Shared Sub Main()
            Dim myThread As Thread
            Dim rnd As New Random()

            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To numThreads - 1
                myThread = New Thread(AddressOf MyThreadProc)
                myThread.Name = String.Format("Thread{0}", i + 1)

                'Wait a random amount of time before starting next thread.
                Thread.Sleep(rnd.Next(0, 1000))
                myThread.Start()
            Next i
        End Sub 'Main

        Private Shared Sub MyThreadProc()
            Dim i As Integer
            For i = 0 To numThreadIterations - 1
                UseResource()

                'Wait 1 second before next attempt.
                Thread.Sleep(1000)
            Next i
        End Sub 

        'A simple method that denies reentrancy.
        Shared Function UseResource() As Boolean
            '0 indicates that the method is not in use.
            If 0 = Interlocked.Exchange(usingResource, 1) Then
                Console.WriteLine("{0} acquired the lock", Thread.CurrentThread.Name)

                'Code to access a resource that is not thread safe would go here.
                'Simulate some work
                Thread.Sleep(500)

                Console.WriteLine("{0} exiting lock", Thread.CurrentThread.Name)

                'Release the lock
                Interlocked.Exchange(usingResource, 0)
                Return True
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("   {0} was denied the lock", Thread.CurrentThread.Name)
                Return False
            End If
        End Function 
    End Class 
End Namespace 
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Threading;

const int numThreads = 10;
const int numThreadIterations = 5;
ref class MyInterlockedExchangeExampleClass
{
public:
   static void MyThreadProc()
   {
      for ( int i = 0; i < numThreadIterations; i++ )
      {
         UseResource();

         //Wait 1 second before next attempt.
         Thread::Sleep( 1000 );

      }
   }


private:
   //A simple method that denies reentrancy.
   static bool UseResource()
   {

      //0 indicates that the method is not in use.
      if ( 0 == Interlocked::Exchange( usingResource, 1 ) )
      {
         Console::WriteLine( " {0} acquired the lock", Thread::CurrentThread->Name );

         //Code to access a resource that is not thread safe would go here.
         //Simulate some work
         Thread::Sleep( 500 );
         Console::WriteLine( " {0} exiting lock", Thread::CurrentThread->Name );

         //Release the lock
         Interlocked::Exchange( usingResource, 0 );
         return true;
      }
      else
      {
         Console::WriteLine( " {0} was denied the lock", Thread::CurrentThread->Name );
         return false;
      }
   }


   //0 for false, 1 for true.
   static int usingResource;
};

int main()
{
   Thread^ myThread;
   Random^ rnd = gcnew Random;
   for ( int i = 0; i < numThreads; i++ )
   {
      myThread = gcnew Thread( gcnew ThreadStart( MyInterlockedExchangeExampleClass::MyThreadProc ) );
      myThread->Name = String::Format( "Thread {0}", i + 1 );

      //Wait a random amount of time before starting next thread.
      Thread::Sleep( rnd->Next( 0, 1000 ) );
      myThread->Start();

   }
}
Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
Return to top