Using PowerShell To Find An Assemblies Framework Version

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I was trying to install a 3rd party assembly to the gac today and was having some issues. I needed to find out what version of the .net framework the dll was built against – normally I’d break out the visual studio command prompt and use ildasm.exe, but as powershell has become my new best friend I decided to give it a try – and it all worked very nicely!

The single line of powershell script to get this running is:


This simple script returns the .net framework version number the assembly was built against. The only wrinkle being that as the powershell console was built against .net 2.0/3.5, if you run this against a .net 4.0 assembly you get an exception. Here you have 2 options:

  1. Assume its .net 4.0 if the exception is thrown (this is fiar enough)
  2. Add a supportedRuntime element to the powershell console config (see below)

To add the config, you first need to find the powershell console root directory, you can find this by executing $psHome. Navigate to this folder and create either powershell.exe.config or powershell_ise.exe.config with the following contents:

Obviously, if you already have a config file you just need to add the relevant element.



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