ReferenceMatchesDefinition Method

AssemblyName.ReferenceMatchesDefinition Method

Updated: August 2012

Returns a value indicating whether two assembly names are the same. The comparison is based on the simple assembly names.

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

public static bool ReferenceMatchesDefinition(
	AssemblyName reference,
	AssemblyName definition


Type: System.Reflection.AssemblyName

The reference assembly name.

Type: System.Reflection.AssemblyName

The assembly name that is compared to the reference assembly.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the simple assembly names are the same; otherwise, false.

The comparison depends only on the simple assembly name. It ignores version, culture, and public key token.

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




August 2012

Correction: comparison is by simple assembly name.

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