Could you point how to obtain the assembly version and other assembly data from a project programatically?

Hi Experts

Could you point how to obtain the assembly version and  other assembly data from a project programatically?

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Thanks in advance.
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Eduardo FuerteAsked:
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Fernando SotoConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
You could use the AssemblyInfo Class to get that information.
// Add a reference to Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll
// Add this using statement
using Microsoft.VisualBasic.ApplicationServices;

// Get the AssemblyInfo for the main assembly
var assemInfo = new AssemblyInfo(System.Reflection.Assembly.GetEntryAssembly());
// Access the information
Console.WriteLine (assemInfo.Version  );
Console.WriteLine ( assemInfo.CompanyName );

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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
Hi Fernando

I'm using C#.
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Yes I know. In your project make a reference to the Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll then add a using statement using Microsoft.VisualBasic.ApplicationServices; which will allow you to use the Visual Basic methods in your C# applications. Then try running the code I posted.
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
Unfortunatelly since I got this error when tryed:
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But this code runs
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System.Reflection.Assembly assembly = System.Reflection.Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly();
System.Diagnostics.FileVersionInfo fvi = System.Diagnostics.FileVersionInfo.GetVersionInfo(assembly.Location);
                string version = fvi.FileVersion;

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
No not a NuGet package. To add a reference to a dll open Solution Explorer right click on the References node and then in the menu that pops up click on Add Reference..., when the Reference Manager window opens type Microsoft.VisualBasic in the search box as shown below. Make sure that you click on the dll Name so that it has a check mark to the left and then click OK button. Adding a reference to a project
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
Perfect, Fernando!

Sorry my confusion,

Thank you very much!
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Not a problem Eduardo, glad to help.
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it_saigeDeveloperCommented:
*NO POINTS*

There is no big secret, these are stored as a part of the metadata for the application as attributes.  As Fernando has stated, you can use the AssemblyInformation class provided in the Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll or you can use the Assembly class in System.Reflection.

To get the information you requested we would do the following:
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;

namespace EE_Q28968811
{
	class Program
	{
		static void Main(string[] args)
		{
			foreach (var pair in Assembly.GetEntryAssembly().EntryAssemblyMetaData())
				foreach (var value in pair.Value)
					Console.WriteLine("{0}: {1}", pair.Key, value);
			Console.ReadLine();
		}
	}

	static class Extensions
	{
		public static Dictionary<string, List<string>> EntryAssemblyMetaData(this Assembly assembly)
		{
			return (from attribute in assembly.GetCustomAttributes(false).Cast<Attribute>()
				   from property in attribute.GetType().GetProperties()
				   where !property.Name.Equals("TypeId", StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase)
				   group property.GetValue(attribute, null).ToString() by attribute.GetType().Name into properties
				   select new { properties.Key, properties }).ToDictionary(x => x.Key, y => y.properties.ToList());
		}
	}
}

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Which produces the following output -Capture.JPG
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Eduardo FuerteAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the reply, it_saige.
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