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Assembly.Location Property

Updated: July 2010

Gets the path or UNC location of the loaded file that contains the manifest.

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

Public Overridable ReadOnly Property Location As String
Dim instance As [Assembly]
Dim value As String 

value = instance.Location

Property Value

Type: System.String
The location of the loaded file that contains the manifest. If the loaded file was shadow-copied, the location is that of the file after being shadow-copied. If the assembly is loaded from a byte array, such as when using the Load(Byte()) method overload, the value returned is an empty string ("").




The current assembly is a dynamic assembly, represented by an AssemblyBuilder object.

To get the location before the file has been shadow-copied, use the CodeBase property.

The following example displays the location of the loaded file that contains the manifest.

    Dim SampleAssembly As [Assembly]
    ' Instantiate a target object. 
    Dim Integer1 As New Int32()
    Dim Type1 As Type
    ' Set the Type instance to the target class type.
    Type1 = Integer1.GetType()
    ' Instantiate an Assembly class to the assembly housing the Integer type.  
    SampleAssembly = [Assembly].GetAssembly(Integer1.GetType())
    ' Display the physical location of the assembly containing the manifest.
    Console.WriteLine(("Location=" + SampleAssembly.Location))
End Sub 'Snippet3

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

.NET Framework

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




July 2010

Added missing exception.

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