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AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly Method (String)

Executes the assembly contained in the specified file.

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

public int ExecuteAssembly(
	string assemblyFile
)

Parameters

assemblyFile
Type: System.String

The name of the file that contains the assembly to execute.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The value returned by the entry point of the assembly.

Implements

_AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly(String)

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

assemblyFile is null.

FileNotFoundException

assemblyFile is not found.

BadImageFormatException

assemblyFile is not a valid assembly.

-or-

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

AppDomainUnloadedException

The operation is attempted on an unloaded application domain.

FileLoadException

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

MissingMethodException

The specified assembly has no entry point.

The assembly begins executing at the entry point specified in the .NET Framework header.

This method does not create a new process or application domain, and it does not execute the entry point method on a new thread.

This method loads assemblies using the LoadFile method. You can also execute assemblies using the ExecuteAssemblyByName method, which loads assemblies using the Load method.

To create the AppDomain to load and execute, use the CreateDomain method.

The following sample demonstrates using one of the overloads of ExecuteAssembly on two different domains.

class Test {
   public static void Main() {
      AppDomain currentDomain = AppDomain.CurrentDomain;
      AppDomain otherDomain = AppDomain.CreateDomain("otherDomain");

      currentDomain.ExecuteAssembly("MyExecutable.exe");
      // Prints "MyExecutable running on [default]"

      otherDomain.ExecuteAssembly("MyExecutable.exe");
      // Prints "MyExecutable running on otherDomain"
   }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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