ToString Method

Process.ToString Method

Formats the process's name as a string, combined with the parent component type, if applicable.

Namespace: System.Diagnostics
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public override string ToString ()
public String ToString ()
public override function ToString () : String

Return Value

The ProcessName, combined with the base component's ToString return value.

Exception typeCondition

PlatformNotSupportedException

ToString is not supported on Windows 98.

The following example starts an instance of Notepad. The example then retrieves and displays various properties of the associated process. The example detects when the process exits, and displays the process's exit code.

using System;
using System.Diagnostics;

namespace ProcessSample
{
    class ProcessMonitorSample
    {
        public static void Main()
        {

            // Define variables to track the peak
            // memory usage of the process.
            long peakPagedMem = 0, 
                peakWorkingSet = 0, 
                peakVirtualMem = 0;

            Process myProcess = null;

            try 
            {
                // Start the process.
                myProcess = Process.Start("NotePad.exe");
    
                // Display the process statistics until
                // the user closes the program.
                do 
                {
                    if (!myProcess.HasExited)
                    {
                        // Refresh the current process property values.
                        myProcess.Refresh();

                        Console.WriteLine();
                        
                        // Display current process statistics.

                        Console.WriteLine("{0} -", myProcess.ToString());
                        Console.WriteLine("-------------------------------------");

                        Console.WriteLine("  physical memory usage: {0}",
                            myProcess.WorkingSet64);
                        Console.WriteLine("  base priority: {0}",
                            myProcess.BasePriority);
                        Console.WriteLine("  priority class: {0}",
                            myProcess.PriorityClass);
                        Console.WriteLine("  user processor time: {0}",
                            myProcess.UserProcessorTime);
                        Console.WriteLine("  privileged processor time: {0}",
                            myProcess.PrivilegedProcessorTime);
                        Console.WriteLine("  total processor time: {0}",
                            myProcess.TotalProcessorTime);

                        // Update the values for the overall peak memory statistics.
                        peakPagedMem = myProcess.PeakPagedMemorySize64;
                        peakVirtualMem = myProcess.PeakVirtualMemorySize64;
                        peakWorkingSet = myProcess.PeakWorkingSet64;

                        if (myProcess.Responding)
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine("Status = Running");
                        }
                        else
                        {
                            Console.WriteLine("Status = Not Responding");
                        }
                    }
                }
                while (!myProcess.WaitForExit(1000));


                Console.WriteLine();
                Console.WriteLine("Process exit code: {0}", 
                    myProcess.ExitCode);
            
                // Display peak memory statistics for the process.
                Console.WriteLine("Peak physical memory usage of the process: {0}",
                    peakWorkingSet);
                Console.WriteLine("Peak paged memory usage of the process: {0}",
                    peakPagedMem);
                Console.WriteLine("Peak virtual memory usage of the process: {0}",
                    peakVirtualMem);

            } 
            finally
            {
                if (myProcess != null)
                {
                    myProcess.Close();
                }
            }
        }

    }
}

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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