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CallContext Class

Provides a set of properties that are carried with the execution code path. This class cannot be inherited.


Namespace:  System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public sealed class CallContext

The CallContext type exposes the following members.

Public propertyStatic memberHostContextGets or sets the host context associated with the current thread.

Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStatic memberFreeNamedDataSlotEmpties a data slot with the specified name.
Public methodStatic memberGetDataRetrieves an object with the specified name from the CallContext.
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStatic memberGetHeadersReturns the headers that are sent along with the method call.
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStatic memberLogicalGetDataRetrieves an object with the specified name from the logical call context.
Public methodStatic memberLogicalSetDataStores a given object in the logical call context and associates it with the specified name.
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodStatic memberSetDataStores a given object and associates it with the specified name.
Public methodStatic memberSetHeadersSets the headers that are sent along with the method call.
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

CallContext is a specialized collection object similar to a Thread Local Storage for method calls and provides data slots that are unique to each logical thread of execution. The slots are not shared across call contexts on other logical threads. Objects can be added to the CallContext as it travels down and back up the execution code path, and examined by various objects along the path.

When a remote method call is made to an object in another AppDomain, the CallContext class generates a LogicalCallContext instance that travels along with the remote call. Only objects that expose the ILogicalThreadAffinative interface and are stored in the CallContext are propagated outside the AppDomain in a LogicalCallContext. Objects that do not support this interface are not transmitted in LogicalCallContext instances with remote method calls.


All methods in CallContext are static and operate on the call context in the current Thread.


This class makes a link demand. A SecurityException is thrown if the immediate caller does not have infrastructure permission. See Link Demands for more information.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the CallContext class to transmit Principal and Identity Objects to a remote location for identification. To view the code for the LogicalCallContextData class used in this sample, see the example for the ILogicalThreadAffinative interface. To view the code for the HelloServiceClass class used in this sample, see the example for the GetData method. To view the code for the server class used in this sample, see the example for the RegisterActivatedServiceType class.

using System;
using System.Runtime.Remoting;
using System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels;
using System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels.Tcp;
using System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging;
using System.Security.Principal;
using System.Security.Permissions;

public class ClientClass {
   public static void Main() {

      GenericIdentity ident = new GenericIdentity("Bob");
      GenericPrincipal prpal = new GenericPrincipal(ident, 
                                                    new string[] {"Level1"});
      LogicalCallContextData data = new LogicalCallContextData(prpal);      

      //Enter data into the CallContext
      CallContext.SetData("test data", data);


      ChannelServices.RegisterChannel(new TcpChannel());


      HelloServiceClass service = new HelloServiceClass();

      if(service == null) {
          Console.WriteLine("Could not locate server.");

      // call remote method
      Console.WriteLine("Calling remote object");
      Console.WriteLine("Finished remote object call");

      //Extract the returned data from the call context
      LogicalCallContextData returnedData = 
         (LogicalCallContextData)CallContext.GetData("test data");


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.