listing existing windows services with python

David Bolen at
Wed Feb 17 00:34:13 CET 2010

alex23 <wuwei23 at> writes:

> News123 <news... at> wrote:
>> What is the best way with python to get a list of all windows services.
>> As a start I would be glad to receive only the service names.
>> However it would be nicer if I could get all the properties of a service
>> as well.
> I highly recommend Tim Golden's fantastic WMI module[1].

Another alternative is the win32service module from the pywin32
package (which IMO you'll almost certainly want available when doing
any significant Windows-specific operations) which wraps the native
win32 libraries for enumerating, querying and controlling services.

A simple loop could use EnumServicesStatus to iterate through the
services, OpenService with the SERVICE_QUERY_CONFIG flag to get a
handle to each service, and then QueryServiceConfig to retrieve
configuration information.

Since pywin32 is a relatively thin wrapper over the win32 libraries,
pure MSDN documentation can be used for help with the calls, augmented
by any Python-related information contained in the pywin32

-- David

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