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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)

[TypeConverterAttribute("System.Diagnostics.Design.CounterNameConverter, System.Design, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a")] 
public string CounterName { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_CounterName ()

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

public function get CounterName () : String

public function set CounterName (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

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.

Exception typeCondition


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

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

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

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0