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In Visual Basic I want to check if a certain program is running, e.g. C:\MyProgram.exe

(If not then I'll go ahead and launch it, which I already have the code for, but I don't want to launch it if it's already running. I don't want to launch a 2nd copy.)

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Question by:deleyd
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Process.GetProcessesByName("MyProgram")

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by:Meir Rivkin
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use the application name without the extension (exe).
btw, u need the following namespace to use Process:
using System.Diagnostics;

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by:John (Yiannis) Toutountzoglou
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therei a function for that
Public Function IsProcessRunning(name As String) As Boolean
	
	For Each clsProcess As Process In Process.GetProcesses()
		If clsProcess.ProcessName.StartsWith(name) Then
			'process found so it's running so return true
			Return True
		End If
	Next
		Return False
End Function

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Raise a messagebox end exit the sub if it running...
Hope it helps
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by:CodeCruiser
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You would need that line of code into a condition

If Process.GetProcessesByName("MyProgram").Count = 0 Then
    'Launch it
End If
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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As sedgwick demonstrated, the GetProcessesByName() method expects the filename without a path and without any extension.  Here's  another example:
        Dim FullPath As String = "C:\MyProgram.exe"
        Dim FileName As String = System.IO.Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(FullPath)
        If Process.GetProcessesByName(FileName).Length = 0 Then
            Process.Start(FullPath)
        End If

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by:Meir Rivkin
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here's the complete code which bring to front the application if already is running:

Private Declare Function ShowWindow Lib "user32" _
(ByVal hWnd As System.IntPtr, ByVal nCmdShow As Long) As Long

Private Const SW_RESTORE = 9


if(Process.GetProcessesByName("MyProgram").Count() == 0){
//launch the program
}else{
ShowWindow(proc.MainWindowHandle, SW_RESTORE)
}

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by:John (Yiannis) Toutountzoglou
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Too much traffic !! :)
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by:user1010
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I tried this code to check if a web browser is running but I got error.

Dim FullPath As String = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
        Dim FileName As String = System.IO.Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(FullPath)
        If Process.GetProcessesByName(FileName).Length = 0 Then
            Process.Start(FullPath)
        End If

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Am I missing some code?
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by:deleyd
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Was the error, "The system cannot find the file specified"?

Need to first check that file firefox.exe actually exists.
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checkFFox.vbs(1, 14) Microsoft VBScript compilation error: Expected end of statement
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by:deleyd
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https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/8dy0ah20.aspx
Can you post lines 13 & 14 of the code?
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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@user1010, the posted solutions are in VB.Net, which doesn't work in VBScript...
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