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This function creates a named or an unnamed event object.


HANDLE CreateEvent(
  BOOL bManualReset,
  BOOL InitialState,
  LPTSTR lpName


  • lpEventAttributes
    [in] Ignored. Must be NULL.
  • bManualReset
    [in] Boolean that specifies whether a manual-reset or auto-reset event object is created. If TRUE, then you must use the ResetEvent function to manually reset the state to nonsignaled. If FALSE, the system automatically resets the state to nonsignaled after a single waiting thread has been released.
  • bInitialState
    [in] Boolean that specifies the initial state of the event object. If TRUE, the initial state is signaled; otherwise, it is nonsignaled.
  • lpName
    [in] Pointer to a null-terminated string that specifies the name of the event object. The name is limited to MAX_PATH characters and can contain any character except the backslash path-separator character (\). Name comparison is case sensitive.

    If lpName matches the name of an existing named event object, the bManualReset and bInitialState parameters are ignored because they have already been set by the creation process.

    If lpName is NULL, the event object is created without a name.

    Each object type, such as memory maps, Semaphore Objects, events, message queues, mutexes, and watchdog timers, has its own separate namespace. Empty strings, "", are handled as named objects. On Windows desktop-based platforms, synchronization objects all share the same namespace.

    Critical Section Objects

    Semaphore Objects

    Event Object Notification

    Wait Functions

    Interlocked Functions

    Interprocess Synchronization

    Message Queue Point-to-Point

    Mutex Objects

Return Value

A handle to the event object indicates success. If the named event object existed before you call this function, CreateEvent returns a handle to the existing object and GetLastError returns ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS. NULL indicates failure. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.


The handle returned by CreateEvent has EVENT_ALL_ACCESS access to the new event object and can be used in any function that requires a handle to an event object.

Any thread of the calling process can specify the event-object handle in a call to one of the wait functions. The single-object wait functions return when the state of the specified object is signaled. The multiple-object wait functions can be instructed to return either when any one of the specified objects is signaled. When a wait function returns, the waiting thread is released to continue its execution.

The initial state of the event object is specified by the bInitialState parameter. Use the SetEvent function to set the state of an event object to signaled. Use the ResetEvent function to reset the state of an event object to nonsignaled.

When the state of a manual-reset event object is signaled, it remains signaled until it is explicitly reset to nonsignaled by the ResetEvent function. Any number of waiting threads, or threads that subsequently begin wait operations for the specified event object, can be released while the object's state is signaled.

When the state of an auto-reset event object is signaled, it remains signaled until a single waiting thread is released; the system then automatically resets the state to nonsignaled. If no threads are waiting, the event object's state remains signaled.

Multiple processes can have handles of the same event object, enabling use of the object for interprocess synchronization. The following object-sharing mechanism is available: a process can specify the name of an event object in a call to the CreateEvent function.

Use the CloseHandle function to close the handle. The system closes the handle automatically when the process terminates. The event object is destroyed when its last handle has been closed.

HANDLE CreateEvent(LPSECURITY_ATTRIBUTES, Null, False, False, PointerName);


Header winbase.h
Library coredll.lib, Nk.lib
Windows Embedded CE Windows CE 1.0 and later
Windows Mobile Windows Mobile Version 5.0 and later

See Also


Synchronization Functions

Other Resources