EtwWrite function (wdm.h)

The EtwWrite function is a tracing function for publishing events in your kernel-mode driver code.


  [in]           REGHANDLE              RegHandle,
  [in]           PCEVENT_DESCRIPTOR     EventDescriptor,
  [in, optional] LPCGUID                ActivityId,
  [in]           ULONG                  UserDataCount,
  [in, optional] PEVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR UserData


[in] RegHandle

A pointer to the event provider registration handle, which is returned by the EtwRegister function if the event provider registration is successful.

[in] EventDescriptor

A pointer to the EVENT_DESCRIPTOR structure.

[in, optional] ActivityId

The identifier that indicates the activity associated with the event. The ActivityID provides a way to group related events and is used in end-to-end tracing.

[in] UserDataCount

The number of EVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR structures in UserData.

[in, optional] UserData

A pointer to the array of EVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR structures.

Return value

If the event was successfully published, EtwWrite returns STATUS_SUCCESS.

If the pointer to the event provider registration handle is invalid, EtwWrite returns STATUS_INVALID_HANDLE. The event provider must be registered before EtwWrite is called. EtwWrite can also return STATUS_INVALID_HANDLE if it is unable to log the event.

If the number of EVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR structures specified in UserDataCount is greater than the maximum allowed (128), EtwWrite returns STATUS_INVALID_PARAMETER.

If ActivityID is specified, but there is insufficient memory available to log the data associated with the event, EtwWrite returns STATUS_NO_MEMORY.

If the provider is not enabled for any session, EtwWrite returns STATUS_SUCCESS and the events are not logged.

Events can be lost for several reasons; for example, if the event rate is too high or if the event size is greater than the buffer size. In these cases, the EventsLost counter, a member of the EVENT_TRACE_PROPERTIES structure for the corresponding logger, is updated with the number of events that were not recorded.


The EtwWrite function is the kernel-mode equivalent of the user-mode EventWrite function. To ensure that there is a consumer for the event you are publishing, you can precede the call to EtwWrite with a call to EtwEventEnabled or EtwProviderEnabled.

Before you can call EtwWrite function to publish an event, you must register the provider with EtwRegister. No tracing calls should be made that fall outside of the code bounded by the EtwRegister and EtwUnregister functions. For the best performance, you can call the EtwRegister function in your DriverEntry routine and the EtwUnregister function in your DriverUnload routine.

If you are using the optional UserData parameter in the EtwWrite function to log additional event data, you can use the EventDataDescCreate macro to simplify the creation of the EVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR structures. The following example uses the EventDataDescCreate macro to initialize EVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR structures with the name of the device and its status. The EventDataDescCreate macro stores pointers to the data (that is, it does not store copies of the data). The pointers must remain valid until the call to EtwWrite returns.

You can call EtwWrite at any IRQL. However, when IRQL is greater than APC_LEVEL, any data passed to the EtwWrite, EtwWriteEx, EtwWriteString, EtwWriteTransfer functions must not be pageable. That is, any kernel-mode routine that is running at IRQL greater than APC_LEVEL cannot access pageable memory. Data passed to the EtwWrite, EtwWriteEx, EtwWriteString, and EtwWriteTransfer functions must reside in system-space memory, regardless of what the IRQL is.


 // Register the provider with ETW in DriverEntry
 // Unregister the provider in DriverUnload 
 //  Build the EVENT_DATA_DESCRIPTOR structures using 
 //   the EventDataDescCreate macros 
 if (RegHandle != (REGHANDLE)NULL) {
 // Log an Event with : DeviceNameLength
 //                      DeviceName
 //                      Status

 EtwWrite(RegHandle,            // Handle from EtwRegister
                 &StartEvent,          // EventDescriptor
                 NULL,                 // Activity ID
                 3,                    // Number of data items
 EventDataDescriptor); // Array of data descriptors



Target Platform Universal
Header wdm.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h)
Library NtosKrnl.lib
DLL NtosKrnl.exe
IRQL Any level (See Comments section.)

See also