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AssemblyName.GetPublicKey Method

Gets the public key of the assembly.

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

public byte[] GetPublicKey ()
public byte[] GetPublicKey ()
public function GetPublicKey () : byte[]
Not applicable.

Return Value

An array of type byte containing the public key of the assembly.

The following example emits a dynamic assembly and saves it to the current directory. When the assembly is created, the SetPublicKey method is used to give the assembly a public key. The GetPublicKey method is then used to retrieve the public key, which is displayed to the console.


using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading;
using System.IO;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Reflection.Emit;
using System.Configuration.Assemblies;
using System.Text;

public class AssemblyName_CodeBase
{
   public static void MakeAssembly(AssemblyName myAssemblyName, string fileName)
   {
      // Get the assembly builder from the application domain associated with the current thread.
      AssemblyBuilder myAssemblyBuilder = Thread.GetDomain().DefineDynamicAssembly(myAssemblyName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.RunAndSave);
      // Create a dynamic module in the assembly.
      ModuleBuilder myModuleBuilder = myAssemblyBuilder.DefineDynamicModule("MyModule", fileName);
      // Create a type in the module.
      TypeBuilder myTypeBuilder = myModuleBuilder.DefineType("MyType");
      // Create a method called 'Main'.
      MethodBuilder myMethodBuilder = myTypeBuilder.DefineMethod("Main", MethodAttributes.Public | MethodAttributes.HideBySig |
         MethodAttributes.Static, typeof(void), null);
      // Get the Intermediate Language generator for the method.
      ILGenerator myILGenerator = myMethodBuilder.GetILGenerator();
      // Use the utility method to generate the IL instructions that print a string to the console.
      myILGenerator.EmitWriteLine("Hello World!");
      // Generate the 'ret' IL instruction.
      myILGenerator.Emit(OpCodes.Ret);
      // End the creation of the type.
      myTypeBuilder.CreateType();
      // Set the method with name 'Main' as the entry point in the assembly.
      myAssemblyBuilder.SetEntryPoint(myMethodBuilder);
      myAssemblyBuilder.Save(fileName);
   }

   public static void Main()
   {
      // Create a dynamic assembly with name 'MyAssembly' and build version '1.0.0.2001'.
      AssemblyName myAssemblyName = new AssemblyName();
      // Set the codebase to the physical directory were the assembly resides.
      myAssemblyName.CodeBase = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
      // Set the culture information of the assembly to 'English-American'.
      myAssemblyName.CultureInfo = new CultureInfo("en-US");
      // Set the hash algoritm to 'SHA1'.
      myAssemblyName.HashAlgorithm = AssemblyHashAlgorithm.SHA1;
      myAssemblyName.VersionCompatibility = AssemblyVersionCompatibility.SameProcess;
      myAssemblyName.Flags = AssemblyNameFlags.PublicKey;
      // Provide this assembly with a strong name.
      myAssemblyName.KeyPair = new StrongNameKeyPair(File.Open("KeyPair.snk", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read));
      myAssemblyName.Name = "MyAssembly";
      myAssemblyName.Version = new Version("1.0.0.2001");
      MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName, "MyAssembly.exe");
      
      // Get the assemblies loaded in the current application domain.
      Assembly[] myAssemblies = Thread.GetDomain().GetAssemblies();

      // Get the dynamic assembly named 'MyAssembly'. 
      Assembly myAssembly = null;
      for(int i = 0; i < myAssemblies.Length; i++)
         if(String.Compare(myAssemblies[i].GetName().Name, "MyAssembly") == 0)
            myAssembly = myAssemblies[i];

      // Display the full assembly information to the console.
      if(myAssembly != null)
      {
         Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the full assembly name.\n");
         Console.WriteLine(myAssembly.GetName().FullName);
         Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the public key.\n");
         byte []pk;
         pk = myAssembly.GetName().GetPublicKey();
 	 for (int i=0;i<pk.GetLength(0);i++)
 		Console.Write ("{0:x}", pk[i]);
         Console.WriteLine();
         Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the public key token.\n");
         byte []pt;
         pt = myAssembly.GetName().GetPublicKeyToken();
 	 for (int i=0;i<pt.GetLength(0);i++)
 		Console.Write ("{0:x}", pt[i]);
      }
   }
}

import System.*;
import System.Reflection.*;
import System.Threading.*;
import System.IO.*;
import System.Globalization.*;
import System.Reflection.Emit.*;
import System.Configuration.Assemblies.*;
import System.Text.*;

public class AssemblyNameCodeBase
{
    public static void MakeAssembly(AssemblyName myAssemblyName, 
        String fileName)
    {
        // Get the assembly builder from the application domain associated 
        // with the current thread.
        AssemblyBuilder myAssemblyBuilder = System.Threading.Thread.
            GetDomain().DefineDynamicAssembly(myAssemblyName, 
            AssemblyBuilderAccess.RunAndSave);

        // Create a dynamic module in the assembly.
        ModuleBuilder myModuleBuilder = myAssemblyBuilder.
            DefineDynamicModule("MyModule", fileName);

        // Create a type in the module.
        TypeBuilder myTypeBuilder = myModuleBuilder.DefineType("MyType");

        // Create a method called 'main'.
        MethodBuilder myMethodBuilder = myTypeBuilder.DefineMethod("main", 
            MethodAttributes.Public | MethodAttributes.HideBySig 
            | MethodAttributes.Static, void.class.ToType(), null);

        // Get the Intermediate Language generator for the method.
        ILGenerator myILGenerator = myMethodBuilder.GetILGenerator();

        // Use the utility method to generate the IL instructions 
        // that print a string to the console.
        myILGenerator.EmitWriteLine("Hello World!");

        // Generate the 'ret' IL instruction.
        myILGenerator.Emit(OpCodes.Ret);

        // End the creation of the type.
        myTypeBuilder.CreateType();

        // Set the method with name 'main' as the entry point in the assembly.
        myAssemblyBuilder.SetEntryPoint(myMethodBuilder);
        myAssemblyBuilder.Save(fileName);
    } //MakeAssembly

    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // Create a dynamic assembly with name 'MyAssembly' and 
        // build version '1.0.0.2001'.
        AssemblyName myAssemblyName = new AssemblyName();

        // Set the codebase to the physical directory were the assembly resides.
        myAssemblyName.set_CodeBase(Directory.GetCurrentDirectory());

        // Set the culture information of the assembly to 'English-American'.
        myAssemblyName.set_CultureInfo(new CultureInfo("en-US"));

        // Set the hash algoritm to 'SHA1'.
        myAssemblyName.set_HashAlgorithm(AssemblyHashAlgorithm.SHA1);
        myAssemblyName.set_VersionCompatibility(
            AssemblyVersionCompatibility.SameProcess);
        myAssemblyName.set_Flags(AssemblyNameFlags.PublicKey);

        // Provide this assembly with a strong name.
        myAssemblyName.set_KeyPair(new StrongNameKeyPair(File.Open(
            "KeyPair.snk", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)));
        myAssemblyName.set_Name("MyAssembly");
        myAssemblyName.set_Version(new Version("1.0.0.2001"));
        MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName, "MyAssembly.exe");

        // Get the assemblies loaded in the current application domain.
        Assembly myAssemblies[] = System.Threading.Thread.GetDomain().
            GetAssemblies();

        // Get the dynamic assembly named 'MyAssembly'. 
        Assembly myAssembly = null;
        for (int i = 0; i < myAssemblies.length; i++) {
            if (String.Compare(((Assembly)myAssemblies.get_Item(i)).GetName().
                get_Name(), "MyAssembly") == 0) {

                myAssembly = (Assembly)myAssemblies.get_Item(i);
            }
        }

        // Display the full assembly information to the console.
        if (myAssembly != null) {
            Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the full assembly name.\n");
            Console.WriteLine(myAssembly.GetName().get_FullName());
            Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the public key.\n");

            ubyte pk[];
            pk = myAssembly.GetName().GetPublicKey();
            for (int i = 0; i < pk.GetLength(0); i++) {
                Console.Write("{0:x}", pk.get_Item(i));
            }

            Console.WriteLine();
            Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the public key token.\n");

            ubyte pt[];
            pt = myAssembly.GetName().GetPublicKeyToken();
            for (int i = 0; i < pt.GetLength(0); i++) {
                Console.Write("{0:x}", pt.get_Item(i));
            }
        }
    } //main
} //AssemblyNameCodeBase

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Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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