Archived:Retrieving a list of currently running tasks using Symbian C++
Retrieving a list of currently running tasks
Application framework in Symbian OS provides APIs for retrieving information about the tasks that are currently running either in foreground or background.
A list of currently running tasks can be retrieved with TApaTaskList class. A task is identified by its association with the running application's window group. A session to the window server needs to be passed to TApaTaskList during construction.
#include <apgtask.h> // link against apgrfx.lib
TApaTask taskInForeground = tasklist.FindByPos( 0 );
// Window Group ID of the foreground task
TInt WindowGroupIdentifier = taskInForeground.WgId();
// Thread ID of the foreground task
TThreadId ThreadIdentifier = taskInForeground.ThreadId();
The first task in TApaTaskList is the one in foreground (the associated window group has ordinal position 0).
TApaTask contains some information about the task. For example, the thread identifier (ThreadId()) and window group identifier (WgId()).
Furthermore, there are useful methods such as EndTask() that requests the task to close normally, and KillTask() that directly terminates the task. SendToBackground() and BringToForeground() can be used for controlling the application's position in the task list.