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Marshal.Release Method

Decrements the reference count on the specified interface.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Function Release ( _
	pUnk As IntPtr _
) As Integer

Parameters

pUnk
Type: System.IntPtr

The interface to release.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The new value of the reference count on the interface specified by the pUnk parameter.

The common language runtime manages the reference count of a COM object for you, making it unnecessary to use this method directly. Use this value only for testing purposes. In rare cases, such as testing a custom marshaler, you might find it necessary to manipulate an object's lifetime manually. Only programs that call Marshal.AddRef should call Release. Calling Release after the reference count has reached zero causes undefined behavior.

You can call Marshal.GetComInterfaceForObject, Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject, or Marshal.GetIDispatchForObject to obtain an IntPtr value that represents a IUnknown interface pointer to release. You can also use these methods and the Release method on managed objects to release the COM interfaces represented by the managed object's COM Callable Wrapper.

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve an IUnknown interface for a managed object using the GetIUnknownForObject method. The example then releases the interface pointer by calling the Release method.

Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices

Module Program


    Sub Run()

        ' Dim an Integer object 
        Dim IntegerObject As Integer = 1

        ' Dim a pointer 
        Dim pointer As IntPtr

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject...")

        ' Get the IUnKnown pointer for the Integer object
        pointer = Marshal.GetIUnknownForObject(IntegerObject)

        Console.WriteLine("Calling Marshal.Release...")

        ' Always call Marshal.Release to decrement the reference count.
        Marshal.Release(pointer)



    End Sub 

    Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)

        Run()

    End Sub 

End Module

.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

  • SecurityCriticalAttribute 

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

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