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WriteProcessMemory function

Writes data to an area of memory in a specified process. The entire area to be written to must be accessible or the operation fails.


BOOL WINAPI WriteProcessMemory(
  _In_  HANDLE  hProcess,
  _In_  LPVOID  lpBaseAddress,
  _In_  LPCVOID lpBuffer,
  _In_  SIZE_T  nSize,
  _Out_ SIZE_T  *lpNumberOfBytesWritten


hProcess [in]

A handle to the process memory to be modified. The handle must have PROCESS_VM_WRITE and PROCESS_VM_OPERATION access to the process.

lpBaseAddress [in]

A pointer to the base address in the specified process to which data is written. Before data transfer occurs, the system verifies that all data in the base address and memory of the specified size is accessible for write access, and if it is not accessible, the function fails.

lpBuffer [in]

A pointer to the buffer that contains data to be written in the address space of the specified process.

nSize [in]

The number of bytes to be written to the specified process.

lpNumberOfBytesWritten [out]

A pointer to a variable that receives the number of bytes transferred into the specified process. This parameter is optional. If lpNumberOfBytesWritten is NULL, the parameter is ignored.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is 0 (zero). To get extended error information, call GetLastError. The function fails if the requested write operation crosses into an area of the process that is inaccessible.


WriteProcessMemory copies the data from the specified buffer in the current process to the address range of the specified process. Any process that has a handle with PROCESS_VM_WRITE and PROCESS_VM_OPERATION access to the process to be written to can call the function. Typically but not always, the process with address space that is being written to is being debugged.

The entire area to be written to must be accessible, and if it is not accessible, the function fails.


Minimum supported client

Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]


WinBase.h (include Windows.h)





See also

Debugging Functions
Process Functions for Debugging