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Assembly.GetFile Method

Gets a FileStream for the specified file in the file table of the manifest of this assembly.

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

public virtual FileStream GetFile(
	string name


Type: System.String
The name of the specified file. Do not include the path to the file.

Return Value

Type: System.IO.FileStream
A stream that contains the specified file, or null if the file is not found.




A file that was found could not be loaded.


The name parameter is null.


The name parameter is an empty string ("").


name was not found.


name is not a valid assembly.

This method works on both public and private resource files.

The name should not include the path to the file.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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