SymFindExecutableImageW function (dbghelp.h)

Locates an executable file in the process search path.


HANDLE IMAGEAPI SymFindExecutableImageW(
  HANDLE                   hProcess,
  PCWSTR                   FileName,
  PWSTR                    ImageFilePath,
  PVOID                    CallerData



A handle to the process that was originally passed to the SymInitialize function.


The name of the executable file. You can use a partial path.


The fully qualified path of the executable file. This buffer must be at least MAX_PATH characters.


An application-defined callback function that verifies whether the correct executable file was found, or whether the function should continue its search. For more information, see FindExecutableImageProc.

This parameter can be NULL.


A user-defined value or NULL. This value is simply passed to the callback function. This parameter is typically used by an application to pass a pointer to a data structure that provides some context for the callback function.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is an open handle to the executable file.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL. To retrieve extended error information, call GetLastError.


This function uses the search path set using the SymInitialize or SymSetSearchPath function.

All DbgHelp functions, such as this one, are single threaded. Therefore, calls from more than one thread to this function will likely result in unexpected behavior or memory corruption. To avoid this, you must synchronize all concurrent calls from more than one thread to this function.

To call the Unicode version of this function, define DBGHELP_TRANSLATE_TCHAR.


The dbghelp.h header defines SymFindExecutableImage as an alias which automatically selects the ANSI or Unicode version of this function based on the definition of the UNICODE preprocessor constant. Mixing usage of the encoding-neutral alias with code that not encoding-neutral can lead to mismatches that result in compilation or runtime errors. For more information, see Conventions for Function Prototypes.


Target Platform Windows
Header dbghelp.h
Library Dbghelp.lib
DLL Dbghelp.dll
Redistributable DbgHelp.dll 6.6 or later

See also

DbgHelp Functions