Process.Exited Event


Occurs when a process exits.

 event EventHandler ^ Exited;
public event EventHandler Exited;
member this.Exited : EventHandler 
Public Custom Event Exited As EventHandler 


The following code example creates a process that prints a file. It raises the Exited event when the process exits because the EnableRaisingEvents property was set when the process was created. The Exited event handler displays process information.

using System;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

class PrintProcessClass
    private Process myProcess;
    private TaskCompletionSource<bool> eventHandled;

    // Print a file with any known extension.
    public async Task PrintDoc(string fileName)
        eventHandled = new TaskCompletionSource<bool>();

        using (myProcess = new Process())
                // Start a process to print a file and raise an event when done.
                myProcess.StartInfo.FileName = fileName;
                myProcess.StartInfo.Verb = "Print";
                myProcess.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
                myProcess.EnableRaisingEvents = true;
                myProcess.Exited += new EventHandler(myProcess_Exited);
            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine($"An error occurred trying to print \"{fileName}\":\n{ex.Message}");

            // Wait for Exited event, but not more than 30 seconds.
            await Task.WhenAny(eventHandled.Task,Task.Delay(30000));            

    // Handle Exited event and display process information.
    private void myProcess_Exited(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            $"Exit time    : {myProcess.ExitTime}\n" +
            $"Exit code    : {myProcess.ExitCode}\n" +
            $"Elapsed time : {Math.Round((myProcess.ExitTime - myProcess.StartTime).TotalMilliseconds)}");

    public static async Task Main(string[] args)
        // Verify that an argument has been entered.
        if (args.Length <= 0)
            Console.WriteLine("Enter a file name.");

        // Create the process and print the document.
        PrintProcessClass myPrintProcess = new PrintProcessClass();
        await myPrintProcess.PrintDoc(args[0]);
Imports System.Diagnostics

Class PrintProcessClass

    Private WithEvents myProcess As Process
    Private eventHandled As TaskCompletionSource(Of Boolean)

    ' Print a file with any known extension.
    Async Function PrintDoc(ByVal fileName As String) As Task

        eventHandled = New TaskCompletionSource(Of Boolean)()
        myProcess = New Process
        Using myProcess
                ' Start a process to print a file and raise an event when done.
                myProcess.StartInfo.FileName = fileName
                myProcess.StartInfo.Verb = "Print"
                myProcess.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
                myProcess.EnableRaisingEvents = True
                AddHandler myProcess.Exited, New EventHandler(AddressOf myProcess_Exited)

            Catch ex As Exception
                Console.WriteLine("An error occurred trying to print ""{0}"":" &
                vbCrLf & ex.Message, fileName)
            End Try

            ' Wait for Exited event, but not more than 30 seconds.
            Await Task.WhenAny(eventHandled.Task, Task.Delay(30000))
        End Using
    End Function

    ' Handle Exited event and display process information.
    Private Sub myProcess_Exited(ByVal sender As Object,
            ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

        Console.WriteLine("Exit time:    {0}" & vbCrLf &
            "Exit code:    {1}" & vbCrLf & "Elapsed time: {2}",
            myProcess.ExitTime, myProcess.ExitCode,
            Math.Round((myProcess.ExitTime - myProcess.StartTime).TotalMilliseconds))
    End Sub

    Shared Sub Main(ByVal args As String())

        ' Verify that an argument has been entered.
        If args.Length <= 0 Then
            Console.WriteLine("Enter a file name.")
        End If

        ' Create the process and print the document.
        Dim myPrintProcess As New PrintProcessClass

    End Sub
End Class


The Exited event indicates that the associated process exited. This occurrence means either that the process terminated (aborted) or successfully closed. This event can occur only if the value of the EnableRaisingEvents property is true.

There are two ways of being notified when the associated process exits: synchronously and asynchronously. Synchronous notification means calling the WaitForExit method to block the current thread until the process exits. Asynchronous notification uses the Exited event, which allows the calling thread to continue execution in the meantime. In the latter case, EnableRaisingEvents must be set to true for the calling application to receive the Exited event.

When the operating system shuts down a process, it notifies all other processes that have registered handlers for the Exited event. At this time, the handle of the process that just exited can be used to access some properties such as ExitTime and HasExited that the operating system maintains until it releases that handle completely.


Even if you have a handle to an exited process, you cannot call Start again to reconnect to the same process. Calling Start automatically releases the associated process and connects to a process with the same file but an entirely new Handle.

For more information about the use of the Exited event in Windows Forms applications, see the SynchronizingObject property.


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Applies to