Forcing a Garbage Collection 

The garbage collection GC class provides the GC.Collect method, which you can use to give your application some direct control over the garbage collector. In general, you should avoid calling any of the collect methods and allow the garbage collector to run independently. In most cases, the garbage collector is better at determining the best time to perform a collection. In certain rare situations, however, forcing a collection might improve your application's performance. It might be appropriate to use the GC.Collect method in a situation where there is a significant reduction in the amount of memory being used at a defined point in your application's code. For example, an application might use a document that references a significant number of unmanaged resources. When your application closes the document, you know definitively that the resources the document has been using are no longer needed. For performance reasons, it makes sense to release them all at once. For more information, see the GC.Collect Method.

Before the garbage collector performs a collection, it suspends all currently executing threads. This can become a performance issue if you call GC.Collect more often than is necessary. You should also be careful not to place code that calls GC.Collect at a point in your program where users could call it frequently. This would defeat the optimizing engine in the garbage collector, which determines the best time to run a garbage collection.

See Also


GC Class

Other Resources

Garbage Collection