Get Currently Executing Assembly’s Directory

Sometimes it becomes necessary to find out the directory where the current executing assembly is running. Among several ways to do the task  , the following code–snippet can be employed  to return the absolute location of the loaded file that contains the manifest:

using System.Reflection;
string currentAssemblyDirectoryName = Path.GetDirectoryName(
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Beware that Assembly.Location property returns the location of the assembly file after it is shadow-copied. In addition , if it is dynamically loaded using Load method, it returns empty string .

As stated in the comments below, if you are interested in retrieving the location of the assembly before it is shadow-copied or loaded,  use Assembly.CodeBase property instead. Please note that, it is the location specified originally while stating the AssemblyName.


5 thoughts on “Get Currently Executing Assembly’s Directory”

  1. Hi,

    Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location does not return the current path of the assembly.

    Please use

    Uri assemblyUri = new Uri(Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().CodeBase);
    string path = Path.GetDirectoryName(assemblyUri.LocalPath);


  2. Thanks Muhammad,

    Indeed you are right in the case when you would like to get the location before the assembly is shadow-copied.

    Regards, Adil

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