C# : how to - single instance application that accepts new parameters?

I'm creating a (C#) program that downloads binaries using NZB files, there may only be one instance of my application running at any time.

So when a user doubleclicks an .nzb-file and my program is not running, it should start and process it (easy, file registration). Now if my program is already running, I do NOT want to launch a second instance - I want the already-running instance to pick up the specified file.

Making my app single-instance can be done using the Visual Basic DLL with the .IsSingleInstance trick, but I don't want to go there.

The right way seems to be to use a mutex to ensure my app is single-instance, but now I'm stuck on how to pass the specified parameter (the .nzb file) to the already-running instance.

Help would be appreciated ! :-)


Try this: Your main program creates a named pipe or other interprocess communication facility and listens on it. You create a separate small program that, when run with an NZB file as a parameter, opens the pipe, feeds the file info into it, and exits. Your main program then processes the new file and downloads it.

Why not have one program that adds the file to a queue, and then kicks off the downloading program if it is not already running. That downloading program watches the queue, which is just a file that you append download file names to.

Look at the InitialInstanceActivator at the Genghis project

Use an IPC (inter process communication) mechanism such as .net remoting

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