System Tray Icon for .NET Core Console App

Notification icon or tray icon is supported for .NET Core 3.0 onwards only. Install .NET Core 3.0 Preview from to add the tray icon for a console or windows application.

Once installed, create a new console application using .NET Core in Visual Studio

Add references to System.Windows.Forms and System.Drawing.Common from .NET Core 3.0 library, which will be located at C:\Program Files\dotnet\shared\Microsoft.WindowsDesktop.App\3.0.0-preview3-27504-2.

Also, add your tray icon. Here, I have used the cat.ico for the tray icon.

In your program, use the NotifyIcon from System.Windows.Forms namespace to create a tray icon and add the notification message to it.

Sample code:

Console.WriteLine(“Hello Kitten!”);
NotifyIcon icon = new NotifyIcon();
icon.Icon = new System.Drawing.Icon(“./cat.ico”);
icon.Visible = true;
icon.BalloonTipText = “Hello from My Kitten”;
icon.BalloonTipTitle = “Cat Talk”;
icon.BalloonTipIcon = ToolTipIcon.Info;

Ensure that the cat.ico will be copied to your output directory

Run the application and observe the tray icon and notification appearing near the task bar.


About ambilykk

I am a Technology Evangelist on Microsoft Technologies. I am carrying the passion on Microsoft technologies specifically on web technologies such as ASP .Net and Ajax. My interests also include Azure and Visual Studio. Technology adoption and learning is my key strength and technology sharing is my passion.
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1 Response to System Tray Icon for .NET Core Console App

  1. DevGuy says:

    Doesn’t work for a console app.

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