FindExecutableImage Function

Debug Help Library

FindExecutableImage Function

Locates an executable file.

To specify a callback function, use the FindExecutableImageEx function.

HANDLE WINAPI FindExecutableImage(
  __in          PCSTR FileName,
  __in          PCSTR SymbolPath,
  __out         PSTR ImageFilePath



The name of the symbol file to be located. This parameter can be a partial path.


The path where symbol files are located. This can be multiple paths separated by semicolons. To retrieve the symbol path, use the SymGetSearchPath function.


A pointer to a buffer that receives the full path of the executable file.

Return Value

If the function succeeds, the return value is an open handle to the executable file.

If the function fails, the return value is NULL. To retrieve extended error information, call GetLastError.


The FindExecutableImage function is provided so executable files can be located in several different directories through a single function call. The SymbolPath parameter can contain multiple paths, with each separated by a semicolon (;). When multiple paths are specified, the function searches each directory tree for the executable file. When the file is located, the search stops. Thus, be sure to specify SymbolPath with the paths in the correct order.

All DbgHelp functions, such as this one, are single threaded. Therefore, calls from more than one thread to this function will likely result in unexpected behavior or memory corruption. To avoid this, you must synchronize all concurrent calls from more than one thread to this function.



Requires DbgHelp.dll 5.1 or later.


Declared in Dbghelp.h.


Use Dbghelp.lib.


Requires Dbghelp.dll.

See Also

DbgHelp FunctionsFindExecutableImageEx

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