Use your own performance counters

Create and use your own performance counters to see how you program is doing in performancetests, stresstests, production, …
First register the performance counters. This is done with a PerformanceCounterCategory that contains the CounterCreationData objects for the performance counters. Be sure to check it doesn’t already exists or an exception is thrown.

// create performance counters if not already existing
if (PerformanceCounterCategory.Exists(CATEGORY) == false)
    var counters = new CounterCreationDataCollection();
    // create reads per second performance counter
    var reads = new CounterCreationData();
    reads.CounterName = "# reads per second";
    reads.CounterHelp = "Number of reads per second";
    reads.CounterType = PerformanceCounterType.RateOfCountsPerSecond32;
    // create writes per second performance counter
    var writes = new CounterCreationData();
    writes.CounterName = "# writes per second";
    writes.CounterHelp = "Number of writes per second";
    writes.CounterType = PerformanceCounterType.RateOfCountsPerSecond32;
    // create number of exceptions performance counter
    var fails = new CounterCreationData();
    fails.CounterName = "# failed actions";
    fails.CounterHelp = "Number of failed actions";
    fails.CounterType = PerformanceCounterType.NumberOfItems32;
    // create new category with the counters above
    PerformanceCounterCategory.Create(CATEGORY, "My Project Category", PerformanceCounterCategoryType.SingleInstance, counters);

After the category is created you can use the PerformanceCounters in your code. You don’t need to create a new instance of the PerformanceCounter every time it needs to be incremented. I always create a variable at the start of a thread and use it in that thread only.

var reads = new PerformanceCounter(CATEGORY, "# reads per second", false);
// register a read with the performance counter

Clean up at the end of your program, the code below will remove the performance counters again.

// clean up the performance counters at the end of your program
if (PerformanceCounterCategory.Exists(CATEGORY) == true)

If you don’t see any value changes in the Performance Monitor try closing and opening the Performance Monitor.

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