How to refresh memory limit in .NET 8


In .NET 8, we can dynamically adjust the memory limit with the help garbage collector (GC) using the GC.RefreshMemoryLimit()method. This is particularly useful in cloud environments where the resource demands differ, which allows us to scale memory usage up and down efficiently.

Here's what we need to know about refreshing the memory limit in .NET 8.

How Memory Limit Work

  • Call the GC.RefreshMemoryLimit()method with the new desired memory limit (in bytes).
  • The GC attempts to adjust its internal limits based on the provided value.
  • If successful, the memory limit is updated, and the method returns 0.
  • If unsuccessful, the method returns a non-zero error code.

Things to keep in mind.

  • This feature has limitations on 32-bit platforms. If there's no existing hard limit set, establishing a new one might fail.
  • Aggressive scaling down might leave the GC with insufficient space to maneuver, causing the refresh to fail.
  • Be cautious when using this method, as inappropriate adjustments can impact application performance or stability.


  • For more fine-grained control over memory usage, consider techniques like object pooling or caching.
  • Utilize platform-specific mechanisms for managing memory limits in cloud environments.

Here's an example of how to call the GC.RefreshMemoryLimit() method in C#.

using System;

namespace MemoryLimitExample
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // Attempt to refresh the memory limit to 500MB
            int result = GC.RefreshMemoryLimit(500 * 1024 * 1024);

            if (result == 0)
                Console.WriteLine("Memory limit refreshed successfully.");
                Console.WriteLine("Failed to refresh memory limit. Error code: {0}", result);


1.      Import the System namespace: This namespace provides access to the GC class.

2.      Create a Main method: This is the entry point of the program.

3.      Call GC.RefreshMemoryLimit()

o    Pass the desired memory limit in bytes (500MB in this case) to the method.

o    The method returns an integer indicating success (0) or failure (non-zero error code).

4.      Check the result

o    If the result is 0, the refresh is successful, and a message is printed to the console.

o    If the result is non-zero, an error occurs, and the error code is displayed.

Important notes.

  • Ensure your project targets .NET 8 or later.
  • Consider potential performance implications and handle errors appropriately.
  • Monitor memory usage to verify the effectiveness of the refresh.
  • Explore alternative memory management techniques for more granular control.


By understanding these points and considering the alternatives, we can effectively utilize the GC.RefreshMemoryLimit()method to optimize memory usage in our .NET 8 applications, especially in; dynamic cloud environments.


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