HandleCountersView v1.17
Copyright (c) 2018 - 2023 Nir Sofer


HandleCountersView is a simple tool for Windows that shows the current number of handles (File, Directory, Token, Job, Thread, and so on...) opened by every process running on your system and the change in number of handles since the last time that you reset the counters.

System Requirements

This tool works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows XP and up to Windows 11. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows are supported. On Windows Vista and later, if you want to view the full path of system processes , you have to run HandleCountersView as Administrator.

Versions History

  • Version 1.17:
    • Added 'Sort By' toolbar button.
  • Version 1.16:
    • Fixed a bug that caused a small token handles leak. (It's a little funny and embarrassing... A tool that can be used to detect handles leak, actually had its own handles leak...)
  • Version 1.15:
    • Updated to work properly in high DPI mode (Toolbar and properties window).
    • Added option to change the sorting column from the menu (View -> Sort By). Like the column header click sorting, if you click again the same sorting menu item, it'll switch between ascending and descending order. Also, if you hold down the shift key while choosing the sort menu item, you'll get a secondary sorting.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added 'Align Numeric Columns To Right' option.
  • Version 1.05:
    • Added 'Put Icon On Tray' option.
  • Version 1.01:
    • Added /RunAsAdmin command-line option for running HandleCountersView as administrator.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Start Using HandleCountersView

This utility doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - HandleCountersView.exe
After running HandleCountersView, the main window displays the number of handles opened by every process on your system (every type of handle is displayed in a separated column). Also, after every refresh (F5), you can see the change in the number of handles inside the square brackets. The change value is relative to the time you run HandleCountersView or to the last time that you used the 'Reset Last Counters' option (F8).

If you see a program with number of handles constantly increasing, it means that this program probably have handle leak (handles are opened without closing them).

Command-Line Options

/RunAsAdmin Run HandleCountersView as administrator.
/stext <Filename> Save the handle counters into a simple text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the handle counters into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save the handle counters into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/sjson <Filename> Save the handle counters into JSON file.
/shtml <Filename> Save the handle counters into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the handle counters into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the handle counters into XML file.

Translating HandleCountersView to other languages

In order to translate HandleCountersView to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run HandleCountersView with /savelangfile parameter:
    HandleCountersView.exe /savelangfile
    A file named HandleCountersView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of HandleCountersView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run HandleCountersView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run HandleCountersView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com

Download HandleCountersView (32-bit)
Download HandleCountersView (64-bit)

HandleCountersView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of HandleCountersView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'handlecountersview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed HandleCountersView utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
DutchJan Verheijen21/07/20231.17
German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de21/07/20231.17
Greek geogeo.gr09/04/20181.00
Italian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) e bovirus08/09/20221.16
Persian ZendegiyeSabz31/07/20231.17
Portuguese Braziligorruckert06/04/20181.00
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae)28/05/20181.00
RussianDmitry Yerokhin02/08/20211.15
Simplified Chinese DickMoore08/08/20211.15
SlovakFrantišek Fico01/08/20231.17
Traditional Chinese Danfong Hsieh04/08/20211.15
Turkish HARUN ARI21/07/20231.17