Disposing WPF User Controls


I have created a custom WPF user control which is intended to be used by a third party. My control has a private member which is disposable, and I would like to ensure that its dispose method will always get called once the containing window/application is closed. However, UserControl is not disposable. I tried implementing the IDisposable interface and subscribing to the Unloaded event but neither get called when the host application closes. If at all possible, I don't want to rely on consumers of my control remembering to call a specific Dispose method.

 public partial class MyWpfControl : UserControl
     SomeDisposableObject x;

     // where does this code go?
     void Somewhere() 
         if (x != null)
             x = null;


The only solution I have found so far is to subscribe to the Dispatcher's ShutdownStarted event. Is this a reasonable approach?

this.Dispatcher.ShutdownStarted += Dispatcher_ShutdownStarted;
8/25/2011 4:34:42 PM

Accepted Answer

Interesting blog post here:


It mentions subscribing to Dispatcher.ShutdownStarted to dispose of your resources.

4/26/2019 5:15:27 AM

Dispatcher.ShutdownStarted event is fired only at the end of application. It's worth to call the disposing logic just when control gets out of use. In particular it frees resources when control is used many times during application runtime. So ioWint's solution is preferable. Here's the code:

public MyWpfControl()
     Loaded += (s, e) => { // only at this point the control is ready
         Window.GetWindow(this) // get the parent window
               .Closing += (s1, e1) => Somewhere(); //disposing logic here

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