MemoryMappedFile.CreateNew Method (String, Int64)

Creates a memory-mapped file that has the specified capacity in system memory.

Namespace:  System.IO.MemoryMappedFiles
Assembly:  System.Core (in System.Core.dll)

public static MemoryMappedFile CreateNew(
	string mapName,
	long capacity
)

Parameters

mapName
Type: System.String
A name to assign to the memory-mapped file.
capacity
Type: System.Int64
The maximum size, in bytes, to allocate to the memory-mapped file.

Return Value

Type: System.IO.MemoryMappedFiles.MemoryMappedFile
A memory-mapped file that has the specified name and capacity.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

mapName is an empty string.

ArgumentNullException

mapName is null.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

capacity is less than or equal to zero.

Use this method to create a memory-mapped file that is not persisted (that is, not associated with a file on disk), which you can use to share data between processes.

The following example is composed of three separate processes (console applications) that write Boolean values to a memory-mapped file. The following sequence of actions occur:

  1. Process A creates the memory-mapped file and writes a value to it.

  2. Process B opens the memory-mapped file and writes a value to it.

  3. Process C opens the memory-mapped file and writes a value to it.

  4. Process A reads and displays the values from the memory-mapped file.

  5. After Process A is finished with the memory-mapped file, the file is immediately reclaimed by garbage collection.

To run this example, do the following:

  1. Compile the applications and open three Command windows.

  2. In the first Command window, run Process A.

  3. In the second Command window, run Process B.

  4. Return to Process A and press ENTER.

  5. In the third Command window, run Process C.

  6. Return to Process A and press ENTER.

The output of Process A is as follows:

Start Process B and press ENTER to continue.
Start Process C and press ENTER to continue.
Process A says: True
Process B says: False
Process C says: True

Process A


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.IO.MemoryMappedFiles;
using System.Threading;

class Program
{
    // Process A:
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        using (MemoryMappedFile mmf = MemoryMappedFile.CreateNew("testmap", 10000))
        {


            bool mutexCreated;
            Mutex mutex = new Mutex(true, "testmapmutex", out mutexCreated);
            using (MemoryMappedViewStream stream = mmf.CreateViewStream())
            {
                BinaryWriter writer = new BinaryWriter(stream);
                writer.Write(1);
            }
            mutex.ReleaseMutex();

            Console.WriteLine("Start Process B and press ENTER to continue.");
            Console.ReadLine();

            Console.WriteLine("Start Process C and press ENTER to continue.");
            Console.ReadLine();

            mutex.WaitOne();
            using (MemoryMappedViewStream stream = mmf.CreateViewStream())
            {
                BinaryReader reader = new BinaryReader(stream);
                Console.WriteLine("Process A says: {0}", reader.ReadBoolean());
                Console.WriteLine("Process B says: {0}", reader.ReadBoolean());
                Console.WriteLine("Process C says: {0}", reader.ReadBoolean());
            }
            mutex.ReleaseMutex();
        }
    }
}


Process B


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.IO.MemoryMappedFiles;
using System.Threading;

class Program
{
    // Process B:
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        try
        {
            using (MemoryMappedFile mmf = MemoryMappedFile.OpenExisting("testmap"))
            {

                Mutex mutex = Mutex.OpenExisting("testmapmutex");
                mutex.WaitOne();

                using (MemoryMappedViewStream stream = mmf.CreateViewStream(1, 0))
                {
                    BinaryWriter writer = new BinaryWriter(stream);
                    writer.Write(0);
                }
                mutex.ReleaseMutex();
            }
        }
        catch (FileNotFoundException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Memory-mapped file does not exist. Run Process A first.");
        }
    }
}


Process C


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.IO.MemoryMappedFiles;
using System.Threading;

class Program
{
    // Process C:
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        try
        {
            using (MemoryMappedFile mmf = MemoryMappedFile.OpenExisting("testmap"))
            {

                Mutex mutex = Mutex.OpenExisting("testmapmutex");
                mutex.WaitOne();

                using (MemoryMappedViewStream stream = mmf.CreateViewStream(2, 0))
                {
                    BinaryWriter writer = new BinaryWriter(stream);
                    writer.Write(1);
                }
                mutex.ReleaseMutex();
            }
        }
        catch (FileNotFoundException)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("Memory-mapped file does not exist. Run Process A first, then B.");
        }
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.
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