PerformanceCounter.CounterName Property


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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 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.

Exception Condition

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
Available since 1.1
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