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Run .exe from c#

Posted on 2013-12-29
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Is there a better way to run an executable from c#? The code below works fine. Just wondering the pros and cons of a script like this.

        System.Diagnostics.Process process = new System.Diagnostics.Process();
        System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo startInfo = new System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo();
        startInfo.FileName = "notepad.exe";
        process.StartInfo = startInfo;
        process.Start();

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Question by:RecipeDan
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The Process class is exactly how you execute external programs from within a .NET application.
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by:Éric Moreau
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Are you coing ASP? If you run this code from code behind, it will run on the server.
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by:dexterrajesh
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hi... you need to call the dispose()\close() to free the resources or use the code block inside an using() block to handle the resources properly... e.g. like below;

using (var process = new Process())
{
    process.StartInfo.FileName = "notepad.exe";
    process.Start();
    process.WaitForExit();
}

hope this helps
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by:AndyAinscow
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>>startInfo.FileName = "notepad.exe";

This assumes that there is an exe of that name in the paths that will be searched.  In other words if there is another exe with the same name then the program being started may NOT be the one you want to run.  You ought to supply the path to the exe as well to make certain.
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