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PerformanceCounter.CounterName Property

Gets or sets the name of the performance counter that is associated with this PerformanceCounter instance.

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

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public string CounterName { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The name of the counter, which generally describes the quantity being counted. This name is displayed in the list of counters of the Performance Counter Manager MMC snap in's Add Counters dialog box.


The CounterName is null.


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

You can get a list of available pre-existing counters from the Windows Performance Manager’s Add Counters dialog box.

The following code example shows how to set the CounterName property to a typical counter name.

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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