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Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly Method

Gets the assembly that contains the code that is currently executing.

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

Public Shared Function GetExecutingAssembly As Assembly
Dim returnValue As [Assembly]

returnValue = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly()

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection.Assembly
A Assembly representing the assembly that contains the code that is currently executing.

To get the assembly that contains the method that called the currently executing code, use the GetCallingAssembly method.

The following example gets the assembly of the currently running code.

    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 name of the assembly currently executing
    Console.WriteLine(("GetExecutingAssembly=" + [Assembly].GetExecutingAssembly().FullName))
End Sub 'Snippet5

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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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0