Get Public Key Token for an Assembly

This is going to be a quick post as I’m hoping that posting about it will help me remember. At worse, I should be able to remember I posted about it and find this page.

There are numerous times when you need to need to reference an assembly using the fully qualified name, e.g.:

MyNamespace.MyAssembly, version=1.0.3300.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089

Jeremiah Clark has a Visual Studio Tip on how to find this for your own assembly but today I needed to find the reference for an assembly deployed in the GAC. A colleague pointed out you can simply browse to c:\windows\assembly using Explorer:


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