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PerformanceCounter.CategoryName Property

Gets or sets the name of the performance counter category for this performance counter.

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

public string CategoryName { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_CategoryName ()

/** @property */
public void set_CategoryName (String value)

public function get CategoryName () : String

public function set CategoryName (value : String)

Property Value

The name of the performance counter category (performance object) with which this performance counter is associated.

Exception typeCondition


The CategoryName is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The platform is Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition (Me), which does not support performance counters.

The CategoryName is displayed in the Performance Object field of Performance Counter Manager MMC snap in's Add Counter dialog box.

A performance counter monitors the behavior of a category, or performance object, on a computer. Categories include physical components (such as processors, disks, and memory) and system objects (such as processes and threads). System counters that are related to the same performance object are grouped into a category that indicates their common focus. When you create an instance of the PerformanceCounter class, you first indicate the category with which the component will interact, and then you choose a counter from that category.

For example, one Windows counter category is the Memory category. System counters within this category track memory data such as the number of bytes available and the number of bytes cached. If you wanted to work with the bytes cached in your application, you would create an instance of the PerformanceCounter component, connect it to the Memory category, and then pick the appropriate counter (in this case, Cached Bytes) from that category.

Although your system makes many more counter categories available, the categories that you will probably interact with most frequently are the Cache, Memory, Objects, PhysicalDisk, Process, Processor, Server, System, and Thread categories.

PerformanceCounter PC=new PerformanceCounter();
PC.CounterName="Private Bytes";

PerformanceCounter pc = new PerformanceCounter();
pc.set_CounterName("Private Bytes");

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, 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