AssemblyDescriptionAttribute Class


Provides a text description for an assembly.

public ref class AssemblyDescriptionAttribute sealed : Attribute
[System.AttributeUsage(System.AttributeTargets.Assembly, Inherited=false)]
[System.AttributeUsage(System.AttributeTargets.Assembly, AllowMultiple=false)]
public sealed class AssemblyDescriptionAttribute : Attribute
type AssemblyDescriptionAttribute = class
    inherit Attribute
Public NotInheritable Class AssemblyDescriptionAttribute
Inherits Attribute


The following code example sets the AssemblyDescriptionAttribute for a simple assembly and indicates whether or not it was defined.

using System;
using System.Reflection;

[assembly:AssemblyDescriptionAttribute("My Utility")]
public class Test {

    public static void Main() 
        //  Get the assembly.
        Assembly asm = Assembly.GetCallingAssembly();

        //  Verify that the description is applied.
        Type aType = typeof(AssemblyDescriptionAttribute);
        Console.WriteLine("Description applied: {0}", 
            asm.IsDefined(aType, false));
//  The output is:
//  Description Applied: True
Imports System.Reflection

<Assembly:AssemblyDescriptionAttribute("My Utility")> 

' Note: The suffix "Attribute" can be omitted:
' <Assembly:AssemblyTitle("A title example")>

Public Class Test
    Public Shared Sub Main()

        ' Get the assembly.
        Dim asm As [Assembly] = [Assembly].GetCallingAssembly

        ' Verify that the description is applied.
        Dim aType As Type = GetType(AssemblyDescriptionAttribute)

        Console.WriteLine("Description applied: {0}", _
            asm.IsDefined(aType, False))

    End Sub
End Class

' The output is:
' Description Applied: True


When you create a project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, this attribute is automatically applied with an empty string value. You can set its value in Visual Studio 2005 by selecting the Properties for the project from the File menu, and then by clicking Assembly Information. The attribute is saved in the AssemblyInfo file in your project, and it must be removed before you can specify it in code; otherwise, you will get an error that the attribute cannot be applied multiple times.

When you right-click the assembly file in File Explorer, this attribute appears as the Comments value on the Version tab of the file properties dialog box.



Initializes a new instance of the AssemblyDescriptionAttribute class.



Gets assembly description information.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.

(Inherited from Attribute)



Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.

(Inherited from Attribute)

Returns the hash code for this instance.

(Inherited from Attribute)

Gets the Type of the current instance.

(Inherited from Object)

When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.

(Inherited from Attribute)

When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.

(Inherited from Attribute)

Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.

(Inherited from Object)

Returns a string that represents the current object.

(Inherited from Object)

Explicit Interface Implementations

_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.

(Inherited from Attribute)
_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.

(Inherited from Attribute)

Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).

(Inherited from Attribute)
_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.

(Inherited from Attribute)

Applies to

See also