How to check if an audio file is being played by programs like video players or audio players using C# as console-based app?

Rahmatulloh 40 Reputation points

I want to check if an audio file is being played by audio or video player programs or by other programs.

Since I don't have any knowledge or somehow solid knowledge about how to do it, I hope, you all(Microsoft Q&A community) will help me to do this kind of thing in C# as a console-based app.(As far as I know, perhaps we should use WASAPI)

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  1. Jiale Xue - MSFT 41,271 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Rahmatulloh , Welcome to Microsoft Q&A,

    Use the NAudio library to get the volume of the current system audio playback device. If the volume is greater than zero, it can be determined that audio is playing.

    Use the Windows API to get all running processes in the system and check the audio output of these processes.

    using System;
    using System.Diagnostics;
    using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
    using NAudio.CoreAudioApi;
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var deviceEnumerator = new MMDeviceEnumerator();
            var defaultDevice = deviceEnumerator.GetDefaultAudioEndpoint(DataFlow.Render, Role.Multimedia);
            // Get the audio meter information
            var audioMeterInformation = defaultDevice.AudioMeterInformation;
            // Check if the audio level is greater than 0 (indicating that audio is playing)
            if (audioMeterInformation.MasterPeakValue > 0)
                Console.WriteLine("Audio is playing.");
                Console.WriteLine("No audio is playing.");
            // Optionally, you can list all processes and check their names
            var processes = Process.GetProcesses();
            foreach (var process in processes)
                Console.WriteLine($"Process: {process.ProcessName} (ID: {process.Id})");
            Console.WriteLine("Press any key to exit...");

    Best Regards,


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  2. KOZ6.0 5,735 Reputation points

    You can use handle.exe to find out what files a process has open.

    Handle v5.0

    For example, to find out what files a media player has open, run the following command with administrator privileges. (grep will become available after installing gnuwin.)

    > handle -p Microsoft.Media.Player | grep -E "\.avi|\.mp3|\.mp4|\.mkv"
    E0C: File (RWD) C:\Temp\test.avi
    E24: File (RWD) C:\Temp\test.avi
    E30: File (RWD) C:\Temp\test.avi

    However, this only tells you that the file is open, not that it is playing.