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MSDN Library

Marshal::FreeCoTaskMem Method

Frees a block of memory allocated by the unmanaged COM task memory allocator.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices
Assemblies:   System.Runtime.InteropServices (in System.Runtime.InteropServices.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public:
static void FreeCoTaskMem(
	IntPtr ptr
)

Parameters

ptr
Type: System::IntPtr

The address of the memory to be freed.

You can use FreeCoTaskMem to free any memory allocated by AllocCoTaskMem, ReAllocCoTaskMem, or any equivalent unmanaged method. If the ptr parameter is nullptr, the method does nothing.

FreeCoTaskMem exposes the COM CoTaskMemFree function, which frees all bytes so that you can no longer use the memory that the ptr parameter points to.

In addition to FreeCoTaskMem, the Marshal class provides two other memory-deallocation methods: DestroyStructure and FreeHGlobal.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

    requires full trust for the immediate caller. This member cannot be used by partially trusted or transparent code.

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