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Console.Beep Method

Updated: April 2009

Plays the sound of a beep through the console speaker.

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

<HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, UI := True)> _
Public Shared Sub Beep


This method was executed on a server, such as SQL Server, that does not permit access to a user interface.


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: UI. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

By default, the beep plays at a frequency of 800 hertz for a duration of 200 milliseconds.


   The Beep method is not supported on the 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows XP.

The following example demonstrates the Beep method. The example accepts a number from 1 through 9 as a command line argument, and plays the beep that number of times.

' This example demonstrates the Console.Beep() method. 
Imports System

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main(args() As String)
      Dim x As Integer = 0
      Dim i As Integer 
      If      (args.Length = 1) _
      AndAlso (Int32.TryParse(args(0), x) = True) _
      AndAlso ((x >= 1) AndAlso (x <= 9)) Then 
         For i = 1 To x
            Console.WriteLine("Beep number {0}.", i)
         Next i
         Console.WriteLine("Usage: Enter the number of times (between 1 and 9) to beep.")
      End If 
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample 

'This example produces the following results: 

'Usage: Enter the number of times (between 1 and 9) to beep 

'>beep 9 
'Beep number 1. 
'Beep number 2. 
'Beep number 3. 
'Beep number 4. 
'Beep number 5. 
'Beep number 6. 
'Beep number 7. 
'Beep number 8. 
'Beep number 9. 

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




April 2009

Added platform information.

Content bug fix.