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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 FileStream for 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.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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