This section describes interfaces that unmanaged hosts can use to integrate the common language runtime (CLR) in the .NET Framework 4, .NET Framework 4.5, and later versions into their applications. These interfaces provide methods for a host to configure and load the runtime into a process.
Starting with the .NET Framework 4, all hosting interfaces have the following characteristics:
They use lifetime management (
Release), encapsulation (implicit context) and
There do not use COM types such as
There are no apartment models, aggregation, or registry activation that use the CoCreateInstance function.
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Provides methods that inspect an application domain's memory and CPU usage.
Enables the host to specify the application domain manager that will be used to initialize the default application domain, and to specify initialization properties.
Provides the SetGCStartupLimitsEx method, which enables a host to set the size of the garbage collection segment and the maximum size of the garbage collection system's generation 0 to values greater than
Provides methods that return a specific version of the CLR, list all installed CLRs, list all in-process runtimes, return the activation interface, and discover the CLR version used to compile an assembly.
Provides methods that return information about a specific runtime, including version, directory, and load status.
Provides the ability to create strong names using the SHA-2 group of Secure Hash Algorithms (SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512).
Deprecated CLR Hosting Interfaces and Coclasses
Describes the hosting interfaces provided with the .NET Framework versions 1.0 and 1.1.
CLR Hosting Interfaces
Describes the hosting interfaces provided with the .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5.
Introduces hosting in the .NET Framework.