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AppDomain.CreateComInstanceFrom Method (String, String)

Creates a new instance of a specified COM type. Parameters specify the name of a file that contains an assembly containing the type and the name of the type.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Public Function CreateComInstanceFrom ( _
	assemblyName As String, _
	typeName As String _
) As ObjectHandle


Type: System.String

The name of a file containing an assembly that defines the requested type.

Type: System.String

The name of the requested type.

Return Value

Type: System.Runtime.Remoting.ObjectHandle
An object that is a wrapper for the new instance specified by typeName. The return value needs to be unwrapped to access the real object.


assemblyName or typeName is Nothing.


The type cannot be loaded.


The operation is attempted on an unloaded application domain.


No public parameterless constructor was found.


assemblyName is not found.


typeName is an abstract class.


This member was invoked with a late-binding mechanism.


The caller cannot provide activation attributes for an object that does not inherit from MarshalByRefObject.


assemblyName is an empty string ("").


assemblyName is not a valid assembly.


An assembly or module was loaded twice with two different evidences.


The COM object that is being referred to is Nothing.

Use this method to create objects remotely without having to load the type locally.

The return value must to be unwrapped to access the real object.

A System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComVisibleAttribute attribute with a value of true must be applied either explicitly or by default to the COM type for this method to create an instance of that type; otherwise, TypeLoadException is thrown.

The following sample demonstrates

Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices

<ComVisible(True)> _
Class MyComVisibleType

   Public Sub New()
      Console.WriteLine("MyComVisibleType instantiated!")
   End Sub 'New 

End Class 'MyComVisibleType

<ComVisible(False)> _
Class MyComNonVisibleType

   Public Sub New()
      Console.WriteLine("MyComNonVisibleType instantiated!")
   End Sub 'New 

End Class 'MyComNonVisibleType

Module Test

   Sub Main()
      CreateComInstance("MyComNonVisibleType")   ' Fail!
      CreateComInstance("MyComVisibleType")      ' OK!
   End Sub 'Main

   Sub CreateComInstance(typeName As String)
         Dim currentDomain As AppDomain = AppDomain.CurrentDomain
         Dim assemblyName As String = currentDomain.FriendlyName
         currentDomain.CreateComInstanceFrom(assemblyName, typeName)
      Catch e As Exception
      End Try 
   End Sub 'CreateComInstance

End Module 'Test

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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