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GC.ReRegisterForFinalize Method

Requests that the system call the finalizer for the specified object for which SuppressFinalize has previously been called.

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

public static void ReRegisterForFinalize(
	Object obj


Type: System.Object

The object that a finalizer must be called for.


obj is null.

The ReRegisterForFinalize method adds the obj parameter to the list of objects that request finalization before the garbage collector frees the object. The obj parameter must be the caller of this method.

Calling the ReRegisterForFinalize method does not guarantee that the garbage collector will call an object's finalizer.

By default, all objects that implement finalizers are added to the list of objects that require finalization; however, an object might have already been finalized or might have disabled finalization by calling the SuppressFinalize method.

A finalizer can use this method to resurrect itself or an object that it references.

The following example demonstrates how to use the ReRegisterForFinalize method to finalize an object a second time after garbage collection.

using System;

namespace ReRegisterForFinalizeExample
    class MyMainClass
        static void Main()
            // Create a MyFinalizeObject.
            MyFinalizeObject mfo = new MyFinalizeObject();

            // Release the reference to mfo.
            mfo = null;

            // Force a garbage collection.

            // At this point mfo will have gone through the first Finalize. 
            // There should now be a reference to mfo in the static 
            // MyFinalizeObject.currentInstance field.  Setting this value 
            // to null and forcing another garbage collection will now 
            // cause the object to Finalize permanently.
            MyFinalizeObject.currentInstance = null;

    class MyFinalizeObject
        public static MyFinalizeObject currentInstance = null;
        private bool hasFinalized = false;

            if(hasFinalized == false)
                Console.WriteLine("First finalization");

                // Put this object back into a root by creating 
                // a reference to it.
                MyFinalizeObject.currentInstance = this;

                // Indicate that this instance has finalized once.
                hasFinalized = true;

                // Place a reference to this object back in the 
                // finalization queue.
                Console.WriteLine("Second finalization");

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0