Assembly.Location Property


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Gets the full path or UNC location of the loaded file that contains the manifest.

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

Public Overridable ReadOnly Property Location As String

Property Value

Type: System.String

The location of the loaded file that contains the manifest. If the loaded file was shadow-copied, the location is that of the file after being shadow-copied. If the assembly is loaded from a byte array, such as when using the Load(Byte()) method overload, the value returned is an empty string ("").

Exception Condition

The current assembly is a dynamic assembly, represented by an AssemblyBuilder object.

To get the location before the file has been shadow-copied, use the CodeBase property.

The following example displays the location of the loaded file that contains the manifest.

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 physical location of the assembly containing the manifest.
Console.WriteLine(("Location=" + SampleAssembly.Location))
' The example displays the following output:
'    Location=C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\mscorlib.dll


for access to the path. Associated enumeration: FileIOPermissionAccess.PathDiscovery

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Available since 2.0
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