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Burn CDs in C# With ICDBurn

, 18 Jan 2013 CPOL
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Burn a CD using C#.


In contrast to C and C++, accessing ICDBurn from C# involves COM Interop (that part of the CLR that allows COM and .NET objects to interact with each other). This technology is visible in Listing 3's csburnd.cs source code via the System.Runtime.InteropServices namespace, the ICDBurn interface definition, and more.

Using the code

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.Text;

class CSburnD
    static extern int SHGetFolderPath(IntPtr hwndOwner, int nFolder,
                                      IntPtr hToken, int dwFlags,
                                      StringBuilder pszPath);

    const int CSIDL_CDBURN_AREA = 0x3B;

    const int SHGFP_TYPE_CURRENT = 0;

    public static void Main(string[] args)
        StringBuilder szPath = new StringBuilder(1024);
        if (SHGetFolderPath((IntPtr)0, CSIDL_CDBURN_AREA, (IntPtr)0,
            SHGFP_TYPE_CURRENT, szPath) != 0)
            Console.WriteLine("SHGetFolderPath() failure");
            Console.WriteLine("SHGetFolderPath return value = " + szPath);

        Guid CLSID_CDBurn = new Guid("fbeb8a05-beee-4442-804e-409d6c4515e9");

        Type t = Type.GetTypeFromCLSID(CLSID_CDBurn);
        if (t == null)
            Console.WriteLine("ICDBurn not supported by OS");

        ICDBurn iface = (ICDBurn)Activator.CreateInstance(t);
        if (iface == null)
            Console.WriteLine("Unable to obtain interface");

        bool hasRecorder = false;
        iface.HasRecordableDrive(ref hasRecorder);
        Console.WriteLine("HasRecordableDrive return value = " + hasRecorder);

        if (hasRecorder)
            StringBuilder driveLetter = new StringBuilder(4);
            iface.GetRecorderDriveLetter(driveLetter, 4);
            Console.WriteLine("GetRecorderDriveLetter return value = " +

public interface ICDBurn
    void GetRecorderDriveLetter([MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.LPWStr)]
                                StringBuilder pszDrive, uint cch);
    void Burn(IntPtr hwnd);
    void HasRecordableDrive(ref bool HasRecorder);


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionCheck if Burn-Process was aborted PinmembermOx16330-Jul-14 23:14 
QuestionWhat happens if i run this code Pinmemberwvd_vegt17-Jan-13 2:01 
I fail to see what will happen if I run the code. The article suggest burning a cd but I fail to see what gets burned where, so will i get a toaster?
A little example of how to write some files on a cd with this code would not hurt this article.

AnswerRe: What happens if i run this code Pinmemberprajwal rao17-Jan-13 2:07 
GeneralRe: What happens if i run this code Pinmemberwvd_vegt17-Jan-13 5:36 
GeneralRe: What happens if i run this code Pinmemberprajwal rao17-Jan-13 19:23 

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