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Exe with all dll assemblies included

Categories: .Net

When Owin was released, I created WebGenius. A small exe you can drop in any folder, run it and everything is accesible as web pages.

I embedded the assemblies like this:

static Program()
   AppDomain.CurrentDomain.AssemblyResolve += ResolveAssembly;

static Assembly ResolveAssembly(object sender, ResolveEventArgs args)
   var resourceName = "WebGenius." + new AssemblyName(args.Name).Name + ".dll";
   Console.WriteLine("Resolving: " + resourceName);
   using (var stream = Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().GetManifestResourceStream(resourceName))
      if (stream == null) return null;
      var assemblyData = new Byte[stream.Length];
      stream.Read(assemblyData, 0, assemblyData.Length);
      return Assembly.Load(assemblyData);

However I just found out about an amazing plugin for the Fody dll weaver:

  • Include Costure.Fody nuget into your exe project and your done.

Some options for your FodyWeavers.xml

<Costura CreateTemporaryAssemblies='false' />
<Costura IncludeDebugSymbols='false' />
<Costura DisableCompression='false' />
<Costura ExcludeAssemblies='Foo|Bar' />-->
<Costura IncludeAssemblies='Foo|Bar' />-->
<Costura Unmanaged32Assemblies='Foo32|Bar32' Unmanaged64Assemblies='Foo64|Bar64' />
<Costura PreloadOrder='Foo|Bar' />

Some options for you project file:

<Target Name="CleanReferenceCopyLocalPaths" AfterTargets="AfterBuild;NonWinFodyTarget" >
   <Delete Files="@(ReferenceCopyLocalPaths->'$(OutDir)%(DestinationSubDirectory)%(Filename)%(Extension)')" />