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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.

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

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

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, 1.1, 1.0