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Recently I was tasked to develop an application to keep track the outgoing items from the warehouse. Since it was style like a POS machine, I need to limit the instance of Windows Form application to only one.

To do this we’re going to need a “locking” mechanism. So before launching the Form, we need to check whether the lock is ON or OFF. We can use Mutex object as the lock.

public Mutex(
	bool initiallyOwned,
	string name
Type: System.Boolean

true to give the calling thread initial ownership of the named system mutex if the named system mutex is created as a result of this call; otherwise, false.

Type: System.String

The name of the Mutex. If the value is null, the Mutex is unnamed.

To ensure the unique-ness of Mutex’s name, I used GUID as name (in Visual Studio, Tools -> Create GUID)


This is the final code:

using System;
using System.Threading;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace MyPOS
	static class Program
		static Mutex mutex = new Mutex(true, "{37D26ECE-1F4F-42BC-9C23-11A9DAA8DCCA}");

		static void Main()
			//Grab the lock
			if (mutex.WaitOne(TimeSpan.Zero, true))			
				Application.Run(new Form1());

				//when the application is finished, release the lock
				//Lock is already used
				MessageBox.Show("Only one instance allowed");

I hope it helps, cheers!

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About Hardono

Hi, I'm Hardono. I am working as a Software Developer. I am working mostly in Windows, dealing with .NET, conversing in C#. But I know a bit of Linux, mainly because I need to keep this blog operational. I've been working in Logistics/Transport industry for more than 11 years.

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