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TimerCallback Delegate

Represents the method that handles calls from a Timer.

Namespace:  System.Threading
Assemblies:   System.Threading.Timer (in System.Threading.Timer.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public delegate void TimerCallback(
	Object^ state


Type: System::Object

An object containing application-specific information relevant to the method invoked by this delegate, or nullptr.

Use a TimerCallback delegate to specify the method that is called by a Timer. This method does not execute in the thread that created the timer; it executes in a separate thread pool thread that is provided by the system. The TimerCallback delegate invokes the method once after the start time elapses, and continues to invoke it once per timer interval until the Dispose method is called, or until the Timer::Change method is called with the interval value Infinite.


Callbacks can occur after the Dispose() method overload has been called, because the timer queues callbacks for execution by thread pool threads. You can use the Dispose(WaitHandle) method overload to wait until all callbacks have completed.

The timer delegate is specified when the timer is constructed, and cannot be changed. The start time for a Timer is passed in the dueTime parameter of the Timer constructors, and the period is passed in the period parameter. For an example that demonstrates creating and using a TimerCallback delegate, see System.Threading::Timer.

The following code example shows how to create the delegate used with the Timer class.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Threading;

ref class StatusChecker
    int invokeCount, maxCount;

    StatusChecker(int count)
        invokeCount  = 0;
        maxCount = count;

    // This method is called by the timer delegate. 
    void CheckStatus(Object^ stateInfo)
        AutoResetEvent^ autoEvent = dynamic_cast<AutoResetEvent^>(stateInfo);
        Console::WriteLine("{0} Checking status {1,2}.",

        if (invokeCount == maxCount)
            // Reset the counter and signal Main.
            invokeCount  = 0;

ref class TimerExample
    static void Main()
        // Create an event to signal the timeout count threshold in the 
        // timer callback.
        AutoResetEvent^ autoEvent     = gcnew AutoResetEvent(false);

        StatusChecker^  statusChecker = gcnew StatusChecker(10);

        // Create a delegate that invokes methods for the timer.
        TimerCallback^ tcb =
           gcnew TimerCallback(statusChecker, &StatusChecker::CheckStatus);

        // Create a timer that signals the delegate to invoke 
        // CheckStatus after one second, and every 1/4 second  
        // thereafter.
        Console::WriteLine("{0} Creating timer.\n",
        Timer^ stateTimer = gcnew Timer(tcb, autoEvent, 1000, 250);

        // When autoEvent signals, change the period to every 
        // 1/2 second.
        autoEvent->WaitOne(5000, false);
        stateTimer->Change(0, 500);
        Console::WriteLine("\nChanging period.\n");

        // When autoEvent signals the second time, dispose of 
        // the timer.
        autoEvent->WaitOne(5000, false);
        Console::WriteLine("\nDestroying timer.");

int main()

.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

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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
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