Vaccano Vaccano - 4 months ago 35
C# Question

How to get the location of the DLL currently executing?

I have a config file that I need to load as part of the execution of a dll I am writing.

The problem I am having is that the place I put the dll and config file is not the "current location" when the app is running.

For example, I put the dll and xml file here:

D:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010\Application Tier\Web Services\bin\Plugins

But if I try to reference the xml file (in my dll) like this:

XDocument doc = XDocument.Load(@".\AggregatorItems.xml")

then .\AggregatorItems.xml translates to:


So, I need to find a way (I hope) of knowing where the dll that is currently executing is located. Basically I am looking for this:

XDocument doc = XDocument.Load(CoolDLLClass.CurrentDirectory+@"\AggregatorItems.xml")


You are looking for GetExecutingAssembly()

string assemblyFolder = Path.GetDirectoryName(Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location);
string xmlFileName = Path.Combine(assemblyFolder,"AggregatorItems.xml");


Apparently the Location property does not work correctly under some conditions (testing using NUnit, TFS instantiated DLL, Outlook?) - in that case you can use the CodeBase property.