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MessageQueue.ReadHandle Property

Gets the native handle used to read messages from the message queue.

Namespace: System.Messaging
Assembly: System.Messaging (in system.messaging.dll)

public IntPtr ReadHandle { get; }
/** @property */
public IntPtr get_ReadHandle ()

public function get ReadHandle () : IntPtr

Not applicable.

Property Value

A handle to the native queue object that you use for peeking and receiving messages from the queue.

Exception typeCondition


An error occurred when accessing a Message Queuing method.

The ReadHandle provides a native Windows handle to the message queue object that is used for peeking and receiving messages from the queue. If you change the path of the queue, the handle is closed and reopened with a new value.

The following table shows whether this property is available in various Workgroup modes.

Workgroup mode


Local computer


Local computer and direct format name


Remote computer


Remote computer and direct format name


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0