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ThreadStateException Class

The exception that is thrown when a Thread is in an invalid ThreadState for the method call.

For a list of all members of this type, see ThreadStateException Members.


[Visual Basic]
Public Class ThreadStateException
   Inherits SystemException
public class ThreadStateException : SystemException
public __gc class ThreadStateException : public SystemException
class ThreadStateException extends SystemException

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.


Once a thread is created, it is in at least one of the ThreadState states until it terminates. ThreadStateException is thrown by methods that cannot perform the requested operation due to the current state of a thread. For example, trying to restart an aborted thread by calling Start on a thread that has terminated throws a ThreadStateException.

ThreadStateException uses the HRESULT COR_E_THREADSTATE, which has the value 0x80131520.

For a list of initial property values for an instance of ThreadStateException, see the ThreadStateException constructors.


[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following example demonstrates an error that causes the system to throw a ThreadStateException.

[Visual Basic] 
Imports System
Imports System.Threading

Public Class ThreadWork
   Public Shared Sub DoWork()
      Console.WriteLine("Working thread...")
   End Sub 'DoWork
End Class 'ThreadWork

Class ThreadStateTest
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim myThreadDelegate As New ThreadStart(AddressOf ThreadWork.DoWork)
      Dim myThread As New Thread(myThreadDelegate)
      Console.WriteLine("In main. Attempting to restart myThread.")
      Catch e As ThreadStateException
         Console.WriteLine("Caught: {0}", e.Message)
      End Try
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'ThreadStateTest

using System;
using System.Threading;

public class ThreadWork 
public static void DoWork()
   Console.WriteLine("Working thread..."); 

class ThreadStateTest
public static void Main()
   ThreadStart myThreadDelegate = new ThreadStart(ThreadWork.DoWork);
   Thread myThread = new Thread(myThreadDelegate);
   Console.WriteLine("In main. Attempting to restart myThread.");
      catch(ThreadStateException e)
      Console.WriteLine("Caught: {0}", e.Message);

#using <mscorlib.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Threading;

__gc class ThreadWork 
    static void DoWork() 
        Console::WriteLine(S"Working thread..."); 

int main() 
    ThreadStart* myThreadDelegate = new ThreadStart(0, ThreadWork::DoWork);
    Thread* myThread = new Thread(myThreadDelegate);
    Console::WriteLine(S"In main. Attempting to restart myThread.");
    catch (ThreadStateException* e)
        Console::WriteLine(S"Caught: {0}", e->Message);

[Visual Basic, C#, C++] This code produces the following output:

In main. Attempting to restart myThread. 
    Working thread... 
    Caught: Thread is running or terminated. Cannot restart.

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Namespace: System.Threading

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

Assembly: Mscorlib (in Mscorlib.dll)

See Also

ThreadStateException Members | System.Threading Namespace | Thread | ThreadState | Managed and Unmanaged Threading | Exception | Handling and Throwing Exceptions

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