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AssemblyName.Version Property

Gets or sets the major, minor, build, and revision numbers of the assembly.

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

'Declaration
Public Property Version As Version

Property Value

Type: System.Version
An object that represents the major, minor, build, and revision numbers of the assembly.

All components of the version must be integers greater than or equal to zero. Metadata restricts the major, minor, build, and revision components for an assembly to a maximum value of UInt16.MaxValue - 1. If a component exceeds this value, no error is thrown; however, in a dynamic assembly, that component is zero.

This section contains two examples. The first example shows how to retrieve the version of the currently executing assembly. The second example shows how to use the Version property to specify the assembly version when you emit a dynamic assembly.

Example 1

The following example retrieves and displays the version numbers of the currently executing assembly and the assembly that contains the String class.


Imports System
Imports System.Reflection

<Assembly:AssemblyVersion("1.1.0.0")>

Class Example

    Shared Sub Main()

        Console.WriteLine("The version of the currently executing assembly is: {0} ", _
            Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetName().Version)

        Console.WriteLine("The version of mscorlib.dll is: {0} ", _
            GetType(String).Assembly.GetName().Version)
    End Sub
End Class

' This example produces output similar to the following:
'
'The version of the currently executing assembly is: 1.1.0.0
'The version of mscorlib.dll is: 2.0.0.0


Example 2

The following example emits a dynamic assembly and saves it to the current directory. When the assembly is created, the Version property is used to specify version information for the assembly.


Imports System
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Threading
Imports System.Reflection.Emit
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class AssemblyName_Constructor

   Public Shared Sub MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName As AssemblyName, fileName As String)
      ' Get the assembly builder from the application domain associated with the current thread.
      Dim myAssemblyBuilder As AssemblyBuilder = Thread.GetDomain().DefineDynamicAssembly(myAssemblyName, AssemblyBuilderAccess.RunAndSave)
      ' Create a dynamic module in the assembly.
      Dim myModuleBuilder As ModuleBuilder = myAssemblyBuilder.DefineDynamicModule("MyModule", fileName)
      ' Create a type in the module.
      Dim myTypeBuilder As TypeBuilder = myModuleBuilder.DefineType("MyType")
      ' Create a method called 'Main'.
      Dim myMethodBuilder As MethodBuilder = myTypeBuilder.DefineMethod("Main", MethodAttributes.Public Or MethodAttributes.HideBySig Or MethodAttributes.Static, GetType(object), Nothing)
      Dim myILGenerator As ILGenerator = 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.
      myILGenerator.Emit(OpCodes.Ret)
      ' End the creation of the type.
      myTypeBuilder.CreateType()
      ' Set the method with name 'Main' as the entry point in the assembly.
      myAssemblyBuilder.SetEntryPoint(myMethodBuilder)
      myAssemblyBuilder.Save(fileName)
   End Sub 'MakeAssembly


   Public Shared Sub Main()


      ' Create a dynamic assembly with name 'MyAssembly' and build version '1.0.0.2001'.
      Dim myAssemblyName As New AssemblyName()
      myAssemblyName.Name = "MyAssembly"
      myAssemblyName.Version = New Version("1.0.0.2001")
      MakeAssembly(myAssemblyName, "MyAssembly.exe")

      ' Get all the assemblies currently loaded in the application domain.
      Dim myAssemblies As [Assembly]() = Thread.GetDomain().GetAssemblies()

      ' Get the dynamic assembly named 'MyAssembly'. 
      Dim myAssembly As [Assembly] = Nothing
      Dim i As Integer
      For i = 0 To myAssemblies.Length - 1
         If [String].Compare(myAssemblies(i).GetName().Name, "MyAssembly") = 0 Then
            myAssembly = myAssemblies(i)
         End If
      Next i
      If Not (myAssembly Is Nothing) Then
         Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "Displaying the assembly name" + ControlChars.Cr)
         Console.WriteLine(myAssembly)
      End If
   End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'AssemblyName_Constructor 


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.
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