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Console::Beep Method

Plays the sound of a beep through the console speaker.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction::LinkDemand, UI = true)]
static void Beep()


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

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.

Beep wraps a call to the Windows Beep function. Whether Beep produces a sound on versions of Windows before Windows 7 depends on the presence of a 8254 programmable interval timer chip. Starting with Windows 7, it depends on the default sound device.


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.

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. 
using namespace System;
int main()
   array<String^>^args = Environment::GetCommandLineArgs();
   int x = 0;

   if ( (args->Length == 2) && (Int32::TryParse( args[ 1 ],  x ) == true) && ((x >= 1) && (x <= 9)) )
      for ( int i = 1; i <= x; i++ )
         Console::WriteLine( "Beep number {0}.", i );

      Console::WriteLine( "Usage: Enter the number of times (between 1 and 9) to beep." );

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.


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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