WPF DynamicResource memory leak


After some troubleshooting on WPF memory leaks, I came across a memory leak that occurs when using DynamicResource on resource keys declared in Application.Resources. You can read about this problem being discussed on msdn forum and stackoverflow. To fix this problem, fortunately there’s a patch for .NET 3.5 and .NET 4.0 resolved this issue.

If you’re developing in Silverlight, no issue as there’s no DynamicResource. If you’re developing in WPF, I urge you to consider if there’s a need at all to use DynamicResource. If you’re not using SystemColors, SystemFonts or themes in your application, StaticResource should be considered because DynamicResource are re-evaluated at runtime whenever the resource is requested which is an overhead. If you’re not familiar about their usages, you can read more about them here.

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