c# - How can I verify if a Windows Service is running


I have an application in C# (2.0 running on XP embedded) that is communicating with a 'watchdog' that is implemented as a Windows Service. When the device boots, this service typically takes some time to start. I'd like to check, from my code, if the service is running. How can I accomplish this?

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    I guess something like this would work:

    Add System.ServiceProcess to your project references (It's on the .NET tab).

    using System.ServiceProcess;
    ServiceController sc = new ServiceController(SERVICENAME);
    switch (sc.Status)
        case ServiceControllerStatus.Running:
            return "Running";
        case ServiceControllerStatus.Stopped:
            return "Stopped";
        case ServiceControllerStatus.Paused:
            return "Paused";
        case ServiceControllerStatus.StopPending:
            return "Stopping";
        case ServiceControllerStatus.StartPending:
            return "Starting";
            return "Status Changing";

    Edit: There is also a method sc.WaitforStatus() that takes a desired status and a timeout, never used it but it may suit your needs.

    Edit: Once you get the status, to get the status again you will need to call sc.Refresh() first.

    Reference: ServiceController object in .NET.

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    Here you get all available services and their status in your local machine.

    ServiceController[] services = ServiceController.GetServices();
    foreach(ServiceController service in services)
        Console.WriteLine(service.ServiceName+"=="+ service.Status);

    You can Compare your service with service.name property inside loop and you get status of your service. For details go with the http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.serviceprocess.servicecontroller.aspx also http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.windows.design.servicemanager(v=vs.90).aspx