GetPublicKeyToken Method

AssemblyName.GetPublicKeyToken Method ()


Gets the public key token, which is the last 8 bytes of the SHA-1 hash of the public key under which the application or assembly is signed.

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

public byte[] GetPublicKeyToken()

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]

A byte array that contains the public key token.

The following example emits a dynamic assembly and saves it to the current directory. When the assembly is created, the SetPublicKeyToken method is used to set the assembly's public key token. The GetPublicKeyToken method is then used to retrieve the public key token, which is displayed to the console.

using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Threading;
using System.IO;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Reflection.Emit;
using System.Configuration.Assemblies;
using System.Text;

public class AssemblyName_CodeBase
   public static void MakeAssembly(AssemblyName myAssemblyName, string fileName)
      // Get the assembly builder from the application domain associated with the current thread.
      AssemblyBuilder myAssemblyBuilder = Thread.GetDomain().DefineDynamicAssembly(myAssemblyName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.RunAndSave);
      // Create a dynamic module in the assembly.
      ModuleBuilder myModuleBuilder = myAssemblyBuilder.DefineDynamicModule("MyModule", fileName);
      // Create a type in the module.
      TypeBuilder myTypeBuilder = myModuleBuilder.DefineType("MyType");
      // Create a method called 'Main'.
      MethodBuilder myMethodBuilder = myTypeBuilder.DefineMethod("Main", MethodAttributes.Public | MethodAttributes.HideBySig |
         MethodAttributes.Static, typeof(void), null);
      // Get the Intermediate Language generator for the method.
      ILGenerator myILGenerator = myMethodBuilder.GetILGenerator();
      // Use the utility method to generate the IL instructions that print a string to the console.
      myILGenerator.EmitWriteLine("Hello World!");
      // Generate the 'ret' IL instruction.
      // End the creation of the type.
      // Set the method with name 'Main' as the entry point in the assembly.

   public static void Main()
      // Create a dynamic assembly with name 'MyAssembly' and build version ''.
      AssemblyName myAssemblyName = new AssemblyName();
      // Set the codebase to the physical directory were the assembly resides.
      myAssemblyName.CodeBase = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
      // Set the culture information of the assembly to 'English-American'.
      myAssemblyName.CultureInfo = new CultureInfo("en-US");
      // Set the hash algoritm to 'SHA1'.
      myAssemblyName.HashAlgorithm = AssemblyHashAlgorithm.SHA1;
      myAssemblyName.VersionCompatibility = AssemblyVersionCompatibility.SameProcess;
      myAssemblyName.Flags = AssemblyNameFlags.PublicKey;
      // Provide this assembly with a strong name.
      myAssemblyName.KeyPair = new StrongNameKeyPair(File.Open("KeyPair.snk", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read));
      myAssemblyName.Name = "MyAssembly";
      myAssemblyName.Version = new Version("");
      MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName, "MyAssembly.exe");

      // Get the assemblies loaded in the current application domain.
      Assembly[] myAssemblies = Thread.GetDomain().GetAssemblies();

      // Get the dynamic assembly named 'MyAssembly'. 
      Assembly myAssembly = null;
      for(int i = 0; i < myAssemblies.Length; i++)
         if(String.Compare(myAssemblies[i].GetName().Name, "MyAssembly") == 0)
            myAssembly = myAssemblies[i];

      // Display the full assembly information to the console.
      if(myAssembly != null)
         Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the full assembly name.\n");
         Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the public key.\n");
         byte []pk;
         pk = myAssembly.GetName().GetPublicKey();
 	     for (int i=0;i<pk.GetLength(0);i++)
 		    Console.Write ("{0:x2}", pk[i]);
         Console.WriteLine("\nDisplaying the public key token.\n");
         byte []pt;
         pt = myAssembly.GetName().GetPublicKeyToken();
         for (int i=0;i<pt.GetLength(0);i++)
 		    Console.Write ("{0:x2}", pt[i]);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
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Available since 7.0
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Available since 8.1
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