Tutorial :Execute a shell command from a .NET application


I need to execute a shell command from my .NET application, not unlike os.execute (a little way down on that page) in Lua. However with a cursory search I couldn't find anything. How do I do it?


System.Diagnostics.Process p = new System.Diagnostics.Process();  p.StartInfo.FileName = "blah.lua arg1 arg2 arg3";  p.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = true;  p.Start();  

Another way would be to use P/Invoke and use ShellExecute directly:

[DllImport("shell32.dll")]  static extern IntPtr ShellExecute(      IntPtr hwnd,      string lpOperation,      string lpFile,      string lpParameters,      string lpDirectory,      ShowCommands nShowCmd);  


You might want to consider an asynchronous approach if the script takes a while.

Here's some code which does that plus redirects standard output to capture for display on a form (WPF, Windows Forms, whatever). Note that I'm assuming you don't need user-input, so it doesn't create the console window, which looks better:

BackgroundWorker worker = new BackgroundWorker();  ...  // Wire up event in the constructor or wherever is appropriate  worker.DoWork += new DoWorkEventHandler(worker_DoWork);  worker.RunWorkerCompleted += new RunWorkerCompletedEventHandler(worker_RunWorkerCompleted);  ...  // Then to execute your script  worker.RunWorkerAsync("somearg anotherarg thirdarg");    void worker_DoWork(object sender, DoWorkEventArgs e)  {      StringBuilder result = new StringBuilder();      Process process = new Process();      process.StartInfo.FileName = "blah.lua";      process.StartInfo.Arguments = (string)e.Argument;      process.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;      process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;      process.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;      process.Start();      result.Append(process.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd());      process.WaitForExit();      e.Result = result.AppendLine().ToString();  }    void worker_RunWorkerCompleted(object sender, RunWorkerCompletedEventArgs e)  {      if (e.Result != null) console.Text = e.Result.ToString();      else if (e.Error != null) console.Text = e.Error.ToString();      else if (e.Cancelled) console.Text = "User cancelled process";  }  


There is an easy way to handle this in C#. Using the System.Diagnostics namespace, there is a class to handle spawning processes.

System.Diagnostics.Process process = new System.Diagnostics.Process();  process.StartInfo.FileName = "App.exe";  process.StartInfo.Arguments = "arg1 arg2 arg3";  process.Start();    Console.WriteLine(process.StandardOutput.ReadToEnd();  

There are additional parameters to handle things such as not creating a console window, redirecting input or output, and most anything else you'd need.

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