The global assembly cache stores assemblies specifically designated to be shared by several applications on the computer.
Sn.exe (Strong Name Tool)
How to find public key token for a .NET DLL
The following command creates a new, random key pair and stores it in keyPair.snk.
sn -k keyPair.snk
A strong name consists of the assembly's identity—its simple text name, version number, and culture information (if provided)—plus a public key and a digital signature.
To create and sign an assembly with a strong name using the Assembly Linker.
The following example signs the assembly MyAssembly.dll with a strong name using the key file keyPair.snk.
There are two ways to deploy an assembly into the global assembly cache:
- Use an installer designed to work with the global assembly cache.
- Use a developer tool called the Global Assembly Cache tool (Gacutil.exe)