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Simple service base class for Windows

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This class provides a simple way to implement Windows service in C++.


The purpose of this code is to show how to make a simple C++ class which wraps WinNT API for service programs. With this class, you can implement a Windows service in a few minutes. This class is not made for advanced service programming, but it should not be too hard modify this source to append any additional functionality. When I implemented this class, I was trying to copy the interface of ServiceBase class from .NET framework. I think it's good design for most requirements of service applications.

Have on mind that using this class you can't implement multiple services in one application. I will implement this in future updates and add more functionality.

Using the code

I didn't provide a sample project this time but here is the code you need for that:

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include "smart_reference.h"
#include "I_ServiceBase.h"

void WriteLog(const char* message)
    FILE* pFile = fopen("C:\\test_service.log","a");
        fwrite(message, sizeof(char), strlen(message), pFile); 

class TestService : public CI_ServiceBase
        m_bStop = false;


    virtual void OnStart(int argc, LPTSTR* argv)
        WriteLog("Server started.\n\r");
    virtual void OnStop()
        WriteLog("Server stopped.\n\r");
        m_bStop = true;

    virtual void OnPause()
        WriteLog("Server paused.\n\r");

    virtual void OnContinue()
        WriteLog("Server continued.\n\r");

    bool m_bStop;

TestService ts;

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    return 0;


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Comments and Discussions

Generalbizarre hard-coded service name buffer length Pinmemberdamnedyankee7-Nov-06 3:39 
Generalincorrect use of SERVICE_WIN32 in CreateService / SetServiceStatus Pinmemberdamnedyankee7-Nov-06 2:50 
I am confused by your use of SERVICE_WIN32 as the default ServiceType.
The help for SERVICE_STATUS states that the dwServiceType should be one of the values listed, yet SERVCIE_WIN32 is a bitwise or of two of the possible values - and seems to be use primarily for enumeration of services.
Type of service. This member can be one of the following values. Value Meaning
SERVICE_FILE_SYSTEM_DRIVER The service is a file system driver.
SERVICE_KERNEL_DRIVER The service is a device driver.
SERVICE_WIN32_OWN_PROCESS The service runs in its own process.
SERVICE_WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS The service shares a process with other services.


GeneralBit manipulation Pinmemberhobyrne24-Oct-05 11:39 
GeneralRe: Bit manipulation PinmemberEasyWay30-May-06 2:46 
GeneralRe: Bit manipulation PinmemberMike C#13-Oct-06 6:22 
GeneralRe: Bit manipulation Pinmemberdamnedyankee7-Nov-06 2:55 
Generalinstall/uninstall -- unmanaged c++ Pinmemberasmotritsky3-Jun-04 15:36 
GeneralNot bad... missing a few pieces... PinmemberPeter Mares24-Mar-04 23:13 
GeneralRe: Not bad... missing a few pieces... PinmemberEasyWay31-Mar-04 3:47 
GeneralFiles not found..... PinmemberJosema24-Mar-04 3:44 
GeneralQuestion Pinmemberdog_spawn24-Mar-04 2:28 
GeneralRe: Question PinmemberJohn M. Drescher24-Mar-04 6:24 
GeneralRe: Question PinsussAnonymously24-Mar-04 6:30 
GeneralRe: Question PinmemberEasyWay31-Mar-04 3:45 
GeneralRe: Question Pinmemberdamnedyankee6-Nov-06 23:09 
GeneralRe: Question PinmemberGyuri29-Jul-07 2:40 

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