ThreadAbortException Class

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The exception that is thrown when a call is made to the Abort method. This class cannot be inherited.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace: System.Threading
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)


Public NotInheritable Class ThreadAbortException _
    Inherits SystemException
public sealed class ThreadAbortException : SystemException

The ThreadAbortException type exposes the following members.


Name Description
Data Gets a collection of key/value pairs that provide additional user-defined information about the exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
HelpLink Gets or sets a link to the help file associated with this exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
HResult Gets or sets HRESULT, a coded numerical value that is assigned to a specific exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
InnerException Gets the Exception instance that caused the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Message Gets a message that describes the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Source Gets or sets the name of the application or the object that causes the error. (Inherited from Exception.)
StackTrace Gets a string representation of the frames on the call stack at the time the current exception was thrown. (Inherited from Exception.)



Name Description
Equals(Object) Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Finalize Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
GetBaseException When overridden in a derived class, returns the Exception that is the root cause of one or more subsequent exceptions. (Inherited from Exception.)
GetHashCode Serves as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
GetType Gets the runtime type of the current instance. (Inherited from Exception.)
MemberwiseClone Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
ToString Creates and returns a string representation of the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)



When a call is made to the Abort method to destroy a thread, the common language runtime (CLR) throws a ThreadAbortException. ThreadAbortException is a special exception that can be caught, but it will automatically be raised again at the end of the catch block. When this exception is raised, the runtime executes all the finally blocks before ending the thread.

In Windows Phone applications, you cannot abort threads. If a thread in your application receives a ThreadAbortException, it is because the CLR has aborted the thread.


The value of the inherited Data property is always nullNothingnullptra null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

When the CLR stops background threads, after all foreground threads in a managed executable have ended, it does not use Thread..::.Abort. Therefore, you cannot use ThreadAbortException to detect when background threads are being terminated by the CLR.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

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.

See Also


System.Threading Namespace