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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Determining the target .NET Framework version of a .NET assembly

To determine which version of the .NET framework an assembly supports, you can use ILDASM.

Open up a visual studio command prompt, and type the following:

ildasm.exe C:\Yourdll.dll /metadata[=MDHEADER] /text /noil

You’ll get a large amount of indecipherable data, but right at the top, you’ll see something to the effect of

// Metadata section: 0x424a5342, version: 1.1, extra: 0, version len: 12, version: v4.0.30319

where the highlighted piece gives you the supported version.

Alternatively, you can just open ildasm (just type ildasm at the command prompt), and open up the dll – you can see the metadata version right at the top by double-clicking “MANIFEST”:



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