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PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute Class

Indicates that the attributed assembly is a primary interop assembly.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Runtime.InteropServices.PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute

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

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Assembly, Inherited = false, AllowMultiple = true)]
[ComVisibleAttribute(true)]
public sealed class PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute : Attribute

The PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodPrimaryInteropAssemblyAttributeInitializes a new instance of the PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute class with the major and minor version numbers of the type library for which this assembly is the primary interop assembly.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyMajorVersionGets the major version number of the type library for which this assembly is the primary interop assembly.
Public propertyMinorVersionGets the minor version number of the type library for which this assembly is the primary interop assembly.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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You can apply this attribute to assemblies, although the Tlbimp.exe (Type Library Importer) typically applies it for you when it imports a type library.

An interop assembly contains metadata that describes existing COM types, which are often already described in a COM type library. Tlbimp.exe produces interop assemblies from COM type libraries. Interop assemblies typically only contain metadata (no code). Primary interop assemblies are provided by the same publisher as the type library they describe, and provide the official definitions of the types defined with that type library. Primary interop assemblies are always signed by their publisher to ensure uniqueness.

You can generate a primary interop assembly from a type library in the following ways:

  • Run TlbImp.exe with the /primary option from the command line.

  • Apply the PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute at design time.

To specify a primary interop assembly in managed source code, you must apply the System.Runtime.InteropServices.GuidAttribute and PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute to the assembly at design time. The GuidAttribute on the primary interop assembly identifies the LIBID of the type library and the PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute identifies the version of the particular type library for which this assembly is the primary interop assembly. The PrimaryInteropAssemblyAttribute can appear multiple times if the assembly is the primary interop assembly for multiple versions of the same type library.

When using the types defined in a type library, always reference the primary interop assembly for that type library, rather than reimporting or redefining the types themselves. For guidelines and procedures on how to produce or use primary interop assemblies, see Primary Interop Assemblies. For a detailed description of the type library importing process, see Type Library to Assembly Conversion Summary.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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