Specifies a key container name for a key pair to give an assembly a strong name.
||Required. Container file that contains the key. Enclose the file name in quotation marks ("") if the name contains a space.|
The compiler creates the sharable component by inserting a public key into the assembly manifest and by signing the final assembly with the private key. To generate a key file, type
sn -k file at the command line. The
-i option installs the key pair into a container. For more information, see Sn.exe (Strong Name Tool)).
If you compile with
-target:module, the name of the key file is held in the module and incorporated into the assembly that is created when you compile an assembly with -addmodule.
You can also specify this option as a custom attribute (AssemblyKeyNameAttribute) in the source code for any Microsoft intermediate language (MSIL) module.
See Creating and Using Strong-Named Assemblies for more information on signing an assembly.
-keycontainer option is not available from within the Visual Studio development environment; it is available only when compiling from the command line.
The following code compiles source file
Input.vb and specifies a key container.
vbc -keycontainer:key1 input.vb