C#–Read STDOUT from a console application

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Recently I needed to start a console application from C#, wait until the execution has finished and read the output back. Here is a simple way this can be done.

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The first thing is to run the process and attach an EventHandler for the finish of the process:

Process process = new Process();
process.StartInfo.FileName = @"ping.exe";
process.StartInfo.Arguments = @"www.ekiwi.de";
process.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
process.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardInput = true;
process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = true;

process.EnableRaisingEvents = true;
process.Exited += processHasFinished;
process.Start();

Now we have to write the EventHandler, in the handler we have to use the “Invoke” command to execute the setting of the text in the GUI thread:

private void processHasFinished(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    var process = (Process)sender;
    String output = process.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd();
    textOut.Invoke(new UpdateTextCallback(this.UpdateText),  output);
}

public delegate void UpdateTextCallback(string text);

private void UpdateText(string text)
{
    textOut.Text = text;
}

That’s it!

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