Process.OutputDataReceived Event


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Occurs each time an application writes a line to its redirected StandardOutput stream.

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

public event DataReceivedEventHandler OutputDataReceived

The OutputDataReceived event indicates that the associated Process has written a line, terminating with a newline character, to its redirected StandardOutput stream.

The event is enabled during asynchronous read operations on StandardOutput. To start asynchronous read operations, you must redirect the StandardOutput stream of a Process, add your event handler to the OutputDataReceived event, and call BeginOutputReadLine. Thereafter, the OutputDataReceived event signals each time the process writes a line to the redirected StandardOutput stream, until the process exits or calls CancelOutputRead.


The application that is processing the asynchronous output should call the WaitForExit method to ensure that the output buffer has been flushed.

The following example illustrates how to perform asynchronous read operations on the redirected StandardOutput stream of the ipconfig command.

The example creates an event delegate for the OutputHandler event handler and associates it with the OutputDataReceived event. The event handler receives text lines from the redirected StandardOutput stream, formats the text, and saves it in an output string that’s later shown in the example’s console window.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Text;

class StandardAsyncOutputExample
    private static int lineCount = 0;
    private static StringBuilder output = new StringBuilder();

    public static void Main()
        Process process = new Process();
        process.StartInfo.FileName = "ipconfig.exe";
        process.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
        process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
        process.OutputDataReceived += new DataReceivedEventHandler((sender, e) =>
            // Prepend line numbers to each line of the output.
            if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(e.Data))
                output.Append("\n[" + lineCount + "]: " + e.Data);


        // Asynchronously read the standard output of the spawned process. 
        // This raises OutputDataReceived events for each line of output.

        // Write the redirected output to this application's window.


        Console.WriteLine("\n\nPress any key to exit.");


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.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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