How to find public key token for a .NET DLL or assembly

How to find public key token for a .NET DLL or assembly

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Many times we need to get the Public key token for a strongly named assembly in .NET. FAQ on that “how to get the public key token?”. Answer is very simple use the .NET Framework tools sn.exe. So open the Visual Studio 2008 Command Prompt and then point to the dll’s folder you want to get the public key,

Use the following command,

sn –T myDLL.dll

This will give you the public key token. Remember one thing this only works if the assembly has to be strongly signed.


C:\WINNT\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5>sn -T EdmGen.exe

Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Strong Name Utility  Version 3.5.21022.8

Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.


Public key token is b77a5c561934e089


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  • That's not fonction with framwork 3.0

  • Thank you! Why doesn't the MSDN documentation make this obvious?

  • MSDN is Wiki now, so you can add your inputs there. Please feel free to add any document/notes for others.

  • We can find the public token key in GAC

  • Hello Wriju da,This was helpful for me.

  • I couldn't find it at first and then realized the location depends on the version.  Try opening a visual studio command prompt, as it should recognize the sn command

  • Thanks, this tip helped me out!


  • Touche, very good when i needed to find the strongly typed keytoken....tyvm.

  • Yes, Mark's suggestion worked for me. "Try opening a visual studio command prompt, as it should recognize the sn command"

    For me the executable is located in a totally different place from what you posted. For me, it's located in the following folder:

    C:\Program Files\VISUALSTUDIO.2005.EN\VC (VS2005)

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC> (VS2010)

    So using visual studio command prompt, which is not available in newer version will be your best bet.

  • The location I have specified is for EdmGen.exe not for Command Prompt. You should open the command prompt from program menu if VS

  • Hi,

    I cant get this to work with System.Web.dll

    sn -T System.Web.dll . Give the error System cannot find the file specified.

    Please advice


  • Hi I found a quite easy way to do so, even with unsigned assemblies. Open Immediate Window (Alt + Ctrl + I) and write the following command


    It will also provide you the version no, culture and public key

  • Inspired by @Amlan's comments, I am using powershell to list the info:

    ([system.reflection.assembly]::loadfile("c:\program files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\SDK\Assemblies\Microsoft.sqlserver.smo.dll")).FullName

    This will gives out the following info

    Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91

    Thanks @Amlan

  • Thank You.

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