Monday, March 24, 2008

How to view an Assembly

To view the assembly means to view the IL code, ILDASM converts the whole exe or
dll into IL Code. To start the same:

  • Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\Bin and then double click
    on ildasm.exe

  • Open SDK command prompt and type ildasm

  • Invoking ILDASM

  • Now in ildasm open assembly File -> Open [or ctrl+O]

  • Opening ILDASM

  • Double click on the MANIFEST

  • Viewing Assembly MANIFEST

  • If you want to view mathclass, just double click on it

  • Viewing Class

  • For further information about the methods just do the same as you did in above case

  • Viewing Method


This is a very important part of an assembly. It describes the full information
of an assembly, so, in general words it contains metadata of an assembly. Manifest
is a container of metadata of an assembly, which contains the followings:

  • Name, version info, culture info etc.

  • Identity of security

  • Scope of assembly

  • Resolve references to resources and classes.

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