AssemblyName::GetAssemblyName Method (String^)


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Gets the AssemblyName for a given file.

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

static AssemblyName^ GetAssemblyName(
	String^ assemblyFile


Type: System::String^

The path for the assembly whose AssemblyName is to be returned.

Return Value

Type: System.Reflection::AssemblyName^

An object that represents the given assembly file.

Exception Condition

assemblyFile is null.


assemblyFile is invalid, such as an assembly with an invalid culture.


assemblyFile is not found.


The caller does not have path discovery permission.


assemblyFile is not a valid assembly.


An assembly or module was loaded twice with two different sets of evidence.

This will only work if the file contains an assembly manifest. This method causes the file to be opened and closed, but the assembly is not added to this domain.

The following example gets the AssemblyName for an assembly on disk. It will not run unless you replace the string "MyAssembly.exe" with the file name of an assembly (including the path, if necessary) on your hard disk. Alternatively, you can compile this example as "MyAssembly.exe".

#using <system.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Reflection;
int main()

   // Replace the string "MyAssembly.exe" with the name of an assembly,
   // including a path if necessary. If you do not have another assembly
   // to use, you can use whatever name you give to this assembly.
   AssemblyName^ myAssemblyName = AssemblyName::GetAssemblyName( "MyAssembly.exe" );
   Console::WriteLine( "\nDisplaying assembly information:\n" );
   Console::WriteLine( myAssemblyName );


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

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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