SymSearch function (dbghelp.h)

Searches for PDB symbols that meet the specified criteria.


  [in]           HANDLE                         hProcess,
  [in]           ULONG64                        BaseOfDll,
  [in, optional] DWORD                          Index,
  [in, optional] DWORD                          SymTag,
  [in, optional] PCSTR                          Mask,
  [in, optional] DWORD64                        Address,
  [in]           PSYM_ENUMERATESYMBOLS_CALLBACK EnumSymbolsCallback,
  [in, optional] PVOID                          UserContext,
  [in]           DWORD                          Options


[in] hProcess

A handle to a process. This handle must have been previously passed to the SymInitialize function.

[in] BaseOfDll

The base address of the module. If this value is zero and Mask contains an exclamation point (!), the function looks across modules. If this value is zero and Mask does not contain an exclamation point, the function uses the scope established by the SymSetContext function.

[in, optional] Index

A unique value for the symbol.

[in, optional] SymTag

The PDB classification. These values are defined in Dbghelp.h in the SymTagEnum enumeration type. For descriptions, see the PDB documentation.

[in, optional] Mask

A wildcard expression that indicates the names of the symbols to be enumerated. To specify a module name, use the !mod syntax.

[in, optional] Address

The address of the symbol.

[in] EnumSymbolsCallback

A SymEnumSymbolsProc callback function that receives the symbol information.

[in, optional] UserContext

A user-defined value that is passed to the callback function, or NULL. This parameter is typically used by an application to pass a pointer to a data structure that provides context for the callback function.

[in] Options

The options that control the behavior of this function.

Value Meaning
Include all symbols and other data in the .pdb files.

DbgHelp 6.6 and earlier:  This value is not supported.

Search only for global symbols.
For internal use only.
Recurse from the top to find all symbols.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is TRUE.

If the function fails, the return value is FALSE. To retrieve extended error information, call GetLastError.


All DbgHelp functions, such as this one, are single threaded. Therefore, calls from more than one thread to this function will likely result in unexpected behavior or memory corruption. To avoid this, you must synchronize all concurrent calls from more than one thread to this function.

To call the Unicode version of this function, define DBGHELP_TRANSLATE_TCHAR.


Requirement Value
Target Platform Windows
Header dbghelp.h
Library Dbghelp.lib
DLL Dbghelp.dll
Redistributable DbgHelp.dll 6.2 or later

See also

DbgHelp Functions