GetThreadPriority function

Retrieves the priority value for the specified thread. This value, together with the priority class of the thread's process, determines the thread's base-priority level.

Syntax

int GetThreadPriority(
  HANDLE hThread
);

Parameters

hThread

A handle to the thread.

The handle must have the THREAD_QUERY_INFORMATION or THREAD_QUERY_LIMITED_INFORMATION access right. For more information, see Thread Security and Access Rights.

Windows Server 2003:  The handle must have the THREAD_QUERY_INFORMATION access right.

Return Value

If the function succeeds, the return value is the thread's priority level.

If the function fails, the return value is THREAD_PRIORITY_ERROR_RETURN. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

Windows Phone 8.1:  This function will always return THREAD_PRIORITY_NORMAL.

The thread's priority level is one of the following values.

Return code/value Description
THREAD_PRIORITY_ABOVE_NORMAL
1
Priority 1 point above the priority class.
THREAD_PRIORITY_BELOW_NORMAL
-1
Priority 1 point below the priority class.
THREAD_PRIORITY_HIGHEST
2
Priority 2 points above the priority class.
THREAD_PRIORITY_IDLE
-15
Base priority of 1 for IDLE_PRIORITY_CLASS, BELOW_NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, ABOVE_NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, or HIGH_PRIORITY_CLASS processes, and a base priority of 16 for REALTIME_PRIORITY_CLASS processes.
THREAD_PRIORITY_LOWEST
-2
Priority 2 points below the priority class.
THREAD_PRIORITY_NORMAL
0
Normal priority for the priority class.
THREAD_PRIORITY_TIME_CRITICAL
15
Base-priority level of 15 for IDLE_PRIORITY_CLASS, BELOW_NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, ABOVE_NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, or HIGH_PRIORITY_CLASS processes, and a base-priority level of 31 for REALTIME_PRIORITY_CLASS processes.
 

If the thread has the REALTIME_PRIORITY_CLASS base class, this function can also return one of the following values: -7, -6, -5, -4, -3, 3, 4, 5, or 6. For more information, see Scheduling Priorities.

Remarks

Every thread has a base-priority level determined by the thread's priority value and the priority class of its process. The operating system uses the base-priority level of all executable threads to determine which thread gets the next slice of CPU time. Threads are scheduled in a round-robin fashion at each priority level, and only when there are no executable threads at a higher level will scheduling of threads at a lower level take place.

For a table that shows the base-priority levels for each combination of priority class and thread priority value, refer to the SetPriorityClass function.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: This function is supported for Windows Store apps.

Windows Phone 8.1:Windows Phone Store apps may call this function but it has no effect.

Requirements

   
Windows version Windows XP [desktop apps | UWP apps] Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header processthreadsapi.h (include Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows.h)
Library Kernel32.lib; WindowsPhoneCore.lib on Windows Phone 8.1
DLL Kernel32.dll; KernelBase.dll on Windows Phone 8.1

See Also

GetPriorityClass

OpenThread

Process and Thread Functions

Scheduling Priorities

SetPriorityClass

SetThreadPriority

Threads