Collecting Memory Usage Information For a Process

To determine the efficiency of your application, you may want to examine its memory usage. The following sample code uses the GetProcessMemoryInfo function to obtain information about the memory usage of a process.

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <psapi.h>

// To ensure correct resolution of symbols, add Psapi.lib to TARGETLIBS
// and compile with -DPSAPI_VERSION=1

void PrintMemoryInfo( DWORD processID )
    HANDLE hProcess;

    // Print the process identifier.

    printf( "\nProcess ID: %u\n", processID );

    // Print information about the memory usage of the process.

    hProcess = OpenProcess(  PROCESS_QUERY_INFORMATION |
                                    FALSE, processID );
    if (NULL == hProcess)

    if ( GetProcessMemoryInfo( hProcess, &pmc, sizeof(pmc)) )
        printf( "\tPageFaultCount: 0x%08X\n", pmc.PageFaultCount );
        printf( "\tPeakWorkingSetSize: 0x%08X\n", 
                  pmc.PeakWorkingSetSize );
        printf( "\tWorkingSetSize: 0x%08X\n", pmc.WorkingSetSize );
        printf( "\tQuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage: 0x%08X\n", 
                  pmc.QuotaPeakPagedPoolUsage );
        printf( "\tQuotaPagedPoolUsage: 0x%08X\n", 
                  pmc.QuotaPagedPoolUsage );
        printf( "\tQuotaPeakNonPagedPoolUsage: 0x%08X\n", 
                  pmc.QuotaPeakNonPagedPoolUsage );
        printf( "\tQuotaNonPagedPoolUsage: 0x%08X\n", 
                  pmc.QuotaNonPagedPoolUsage );
        printf( "\tPagefileUsage: 0x%08X\n", pmc.PagefileUsage ); 
        printf( "\tPeakPagefileUsage: 0x%08X\n", 
                  pmc.PeakPagefileUsage );

    CloseHandle( hProcess );

int main( void )
    // Get the list of process identifiers.

    DWORD aProcesses[1024], cbNeeded, cProcesses;
    unsigned int i;

    if ( !EnumProcesses( aProcesses, sizeof(aProcesses), &cbNeeded ) )
        return 1;

    // Calculate how many process identifiers were returned.

    cProcesses = cbNeeded / sizeof(DWORD);

    // Print the memory usage for each process

    for ( i = 0; i < cProcesses; i++ )
        PrintMemoryInfo( aProcesses[i] );

    return 0;

The main function obtains a list of processes by using the EnumProcesses function. For each process, main calls the PrintMemoryInfo function, passing the process identifier. PrintMemoryInfo in turn calls the OpenProcess function to obtain the process handle. If OpenProcess fails, the output shows only the process identifier. For example, OpenProcess fails for the Idle and CSRSS processes because their access restrictions prevent user-level code from opening them. Finally, PrintMemoryInfo calls the GetProcessMemoryInfo function to obtain the memory usage information.