ServiceController.ServicesDependedOn Property


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The set of services that this service depends on.

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

public ServiceController[] ServicesDependedOn { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.ServiceProcess.ServiceController[]

An array of ServiceController instances, each of which is associated with a service that must be running for this service to run.

Exception Condition

An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The service was not found.

If any service in the ServicesDependedOn array is not running, you will not be able to start this service.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to display the set of services that the Messenger service is dependent on.

ServiceController sc = new ServiceController("Messenger");
ServiceController[] scServices= sc.ServicesDependedOn;

// Display the services that the Messenger service is dependent on.
if (scServices.Length == 0)
   Console.WriteLine("{0} service is not dependent on any other services.", 
   Console.WriteLine("{0} service is dependent on the following:",

   foreach (ServiceController scTemp in scServices)
      Console.WriteLine(" {0}", scTemp.DisplayName);


for connecting to existing services on the computer. Associated enumeration: ServiceControllerPermissionAccess.Browse

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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