Thursday, 22 March 2012

How to check assembly menifest for supported CLR version

Have you ever think how your assembly file know about what .Net framework/CLR version its requires to run/execute?

Here’s a quick tip to check -

Open your assembly file with ILDASM.exe tool.

This utility shipped with Visual Studio and can be found here -

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Visual Studio 2010\Microsoft Windows SDK Tools\

Run the ILDASM.exe and browse your assembly. Now you’ll see something like below

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Double click on the Manifest node you’ll see code like below. The comment on the top will show you the supported CLR version of the assembly.

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Text version -

// Metadata version: v4.0.30319
.assembly extern mscorlib
{
  .publickeytoken = (B7 7A 5C 56 19 34 E0 89 )                         // .z\V.4..
  .ver 4:0:0:0
}