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Assembly.LoadFile Method (String)

Loads the contents of an assembly file on the specified path.

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

public static Assembly LoadFile(
	string path
)

Parameters

path
Type: System.String

The path of the file to load.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.Assembly
The loaded assembly.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

The path parameter is null.

FileLoadException

A file that was found could not be loaded.

FileNotFoundException

The path parameter is an empty string ("") or does not exist.

BadImageFormatException

path is not a valid assembly.

-or-

Version 2.0 or later of the common language runtime is currently loaded and path was compiled with a later version.

Use the LoadFile method to load and examine assemblies that have the same identity, but are located in different paths. LoadFile does not load files into the load-from context, and does not resolve dependencies using the load path, as the LoadFrom method does. LoadFile is useful in this limited scenario because LoadFrom cannot be used to load assemblies that have the same identities but different paths; it will load only the first such assembly.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.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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