c# – The located assemblys manifest definition does not match the assembly reference

c# – The located assemblys manifest definition does not match the assembly reference

The .NET Assembly loader:

  • is unable to find 1.2.0.203
  • but did find a 1.2.0.200

This assembly does not match what was requested and therefore you get this error.

In simple words, it cant find the assembly that was referenced. Make sure it can find the right assembly by putting it in the GAC or in the application path. Also see https://docs.microsoft.com/archive/blogs/junfeng/the-located-assemblys-manifest-definition-with-name-xxx-dll-does-not-match-the-assembly-reference.

You can do a couple of things to troubleshoot this issue. First, use Windows file search to search your hard drive for your assembly (.dll). Once you have a list of results, do View->Choose Details… and then check File Version. This will display the version number in the list of results, so you can see where the old version might be coming from.

Also, like Lars said, check your GAC to see what version is listed there. This Microsoft article states that assemblies found in the GAC are not copied locally during a build, so you might need to remove the old version before doing a rebuild all. (See my answer to this question for notes on creating a batch file to do this for you)

If you still cant figure out where the old version is coming from, you can use the fuslogvw.exe application that ships with Visual Studio to get more information about the binding failures. Microsoft has information about this tool here. Note that youll have to enable logging by setting the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftFusionEnableLog registry key to 1.

c# – The located assemblys manifest definition does not match the assembly reference

I just ran into this problem myself, and I found that the issue was something different than what the others have run into.

I had two DLLs that my main project was referencing: CompanyClasses.dll and CompanyControls.dll. I was getting a run-time error saying:

Could not load file or assembly
CompanyClasses, Version=1.4.1.0,
Culture=neutral,
PublicKeyToken=045746ba8544160c or
one of its dependencies. The located
assemblys manifest definition does
not match the assembly reference

Trouble was, I didnt have any CompanyClasses.dll files on my system with a version number of 1.4.1. None in the GAC, none in the app folders…none anywhere. I searched my entire hard drive. All the CompanyClasses.dll files I had were 1.4.2.

The real problem, I found, was that CompanyControls.dll referenced version 1.4.1 of CompanyClasses.dll. I just recompiled CompanyControls.dll (after having it reference CompanyClasses.dll 1.4.2) and this error went away for me.

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