Embed DLL in .res (windres)

Posted on 2009-04-06
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I'm keen to share a substantial amount of code between two of my applications. The best way to do this is for me to create a DLL (which I've done) and make both apps use the DLL.

Rather than ship two files to the user (exe and dll) I want to embed the DLL as a resource inside the EXE.

From what I understand, this should be easy. In my header I have:

#define IDR_PKEY_DLL 102

Then, in my .res file I have:


However, Windres fails with:

compiling: resource.rc
windres.exe: resource.rc:17: syntax error
Question by:DaveHope
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ID: 24078283
Shouldn't that just be

IDR_PKEY_DLL BINARY "res\\Project.dll"


"MOVEABLE" and "PURE" aren't valid resource compiler statements...
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ID: 24080248
take a look at

particularly the section on "Compiling Resources"
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ID: 24080292
does it compile if you use rc??
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Author Comment

ID: 24084410

My resource compiles and works fine with the ICON, VERSIONINFO and DIALOGEX stuff so I'm fairly sure it's not a problem with the way I'm using my resource.


I'll give that a go and see how that goes and update you. However, I thought that they were used for the following:

MOVEABLE - Compiled Resources can be moved to compact memory
PURE - No custom resource

They could however be depreciated, so I'll give it a go.



Author Comment

ID: 24084424

Just removed MOVEABLE and PURE with the same problem.

I also renamed the "res" folder to "resource" as there was a bug in a previous version of windres version which didn't like using a folder called "res".

RC now reads:

IDR_PKEY_DLL BINARY resource\\Project.dll


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ID: 24095550
DaveHope: since you are embedding the dll inside the exe why don't you create a static .lib and build your application. This seems more straightforward to me.....

jkr: your comments on this please....

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ID: 24114089

Using the correct quotes solved the problem.

Thanks anyway.

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