Was this page helpful?
Your feedback about this content is important. Let us know what you think.
Additional feedback?
1500 characters remaining
Export (0) Print
Expand All

ServiceController.Status Property

Gets the status of the service that is referenced by this instance.

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

public ServiceControllerStatus Status { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.ServiceProcess.ServiceControllerStatus
One of the ServiceControllerStatus values that indicates whether the service is running, stopped, or paused, or whether a start, stop, pause, or continue command is pending.


An error occurred when accessing a system API.


The service was not found.

The status indicates the current state of the service. The set of possible values includes several that indicate whether a state-changing command is pending.

The following example uses the ServiceController class to check the current status of the Telnet service. If the service is stopped, the example starts the service. If the service is running, the example stops the service.

// Toggle the Telnet service -  
// If it is started (running, paused, etc), stop the service. 
// If it is stopped, start the service.
ServiceController sc = new ServiceController("Telnet");
Console.WriteLine("The Telnet service status is currently set to {0}", 

if  ((sc.Status.Equals(ServiceControllerStatus.Stopped)) ||
   // Start the service if the current status is stopped.

   Console.WriteLine("Starting the Telnet service...");
   // Stop the service if its status is not set to "Stopped".

   Console.WriteLine("Stopping the Telnet service...");

// Refresh and display the current service status.
Console.WriteLine("The Telnet service status is now set to {0}.", 

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

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

Community Additions

© 2015 Microsoft