Shared Assembly Info refers to the assembly attributes that should be the same across all projects in the solution, such as AssemblyCompanyAttribute.

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title: Shared Assembly Info in Visual Studio Projects
author: Jeremy Jameson
date: April 3, 2009
source: http://www.technologytoolbox.com/blog/jjameson/archive/2009/04/03/shared-assembly-info-in-visual-studio-projects.aspx
---

> **Note**
> 
> This post originally appeared on my MSDN blog:
> 
> Since [ I no longer work for Microsoft][1], I have copied it here in case that blog  ever goes away.

Yesterday I introduced the concept of [linked files in Visual Studio solutions][2]
with a follow-up on my recommendation  for [configuring a custom dictionary][3]
to eliminate CA1704 code analysis warnings.

Another practical application of linked files is what I refer to as "shared
assembly  info" -- referring to the assembly attributes that should be the same
across all  projects in the solution, such as [AssemblyCompanyAttribute][4].

To implement this, create a file in the solution folder named
`SharedAssemblyInfo.cs` and then add a link in each project to
SharedAssemblyInfo.cs. You can also move the linked `SharedAssemblyInfo.cs` into
the Properties folder so that it sits side-by-side with the `AssemblyInfo.cs` that
is specific to each project in the solution, as shown  below.

![Linked SharedAssemblyInfo.cs files in a Visual Studio solution][5]

**Figure 1:** Linked `SharedAssemblyInfo.cs` files in a Visual Studio solution

I recommend placing the following assembly attributes in `SharedAssemblyInfo.cs`
(and, of course, removing them as necessary from the project-specific `AssemblyInfo.cs` files):

- AssemblyCompany
- AssemblyProduct
- AssemblyCopyright
- AssemblyTrademark
- AssemblyConfiguration
- AssemblyDescription
- CLSCompliant
- ComVisible
- AssemblyVersion
- AssemblyInformationalVersion

The `AssemblyInfo.cs` files typically have the following assembly attributes:

- AssemblyTitle
- AssemblyCulture
- Guid

Here is a sample **SharedAssemblyInfo.cs** file:

```cs
using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Runtime.CompilerServices;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

// General Information about an assembly is controlled through the following
// set of attributes. Change these attribute values to modify the information
// associated with an assembly.
[assembly: AssemblyCompany("Fabrikam Technologies")]
[assembly: AssemblyProduct("Demo")]
[assembly: AssemblyCopyright("Copyright ? Fabrikam Technologies 2009")]
[assembly: AssemblyTrademark("")]

// Make it easy to distinguish Debug and Release (i.e. Retail) builds;
// for example, through the file properties window.
#if DEBUG
[assembly: AssemblyConfiguration("Debug")]
[assembly: AssemblyDescription("Flavor=Debug")] // a.k.a. "Comments"
#else
[assembly: AssemblyConfiguration("Retail")]
[assembly: AssemblyDescription("Flavor=Retail")] // a.k.a. "Comments"
#endif

[assembly: CLSCompliant(true)]

// Setting ComVisible to false makes the types in this assembly not visible
// to COM components.  If you need to access a type in this assembly from
// COM, set the ComVisible attribute to true on that type.
[assembly: ComVisible(false)]

// Note that the assembly version does not get incremented for every build
// to avoid problems with assembly binding (or requiring a policy or
// <bindingredirect> in the config file).
//
// The AssemblyFileVersionAttribute is incremented with every build in order
// to distinguish one build from another. AssemblyFileVersion is specified
// in AssemblyVersionInfo.cs so that it can be easily incremented by the
// automated build process.
[assembly: AssemblyVersion("1.0.0.0")]

// By default, the "Product version" shown in the file properties window is
// the same as the value specified for AssemblyFileVersionAttribute.
// Set AssemblyInformationalVersionAttribute to be the same as
// AssemblyVersionAttribute so that the "Product version" in the file
// properties window matches the version displayed in the GAC shell extension.
[assembly: AssemblyInformationalVersion("1.0.0.0")] // a.k.a. "Product version"
```

Note how the [AssemblyConfigurationAttribute][6] and [AssemblyDescriptionAttribute][7]
are set based on conditional compilation constants (in order to easily distinguish Debug and Release builds).

Here is a sample **AssemblyInfo.cs** file:

```cs
using System.Reflection;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

// Note: Shared assembly information is specified in SharedAssemblyInfo.cs

// General Information about an assembly is controlled through the following
// set of attributes. Change these attribute values to modify the information
// associated with an assembly.
[assembly: AssemblyTitle("Fabrikam.Demo.CoreServices")]
[assembly: AssemblyCulture("")]

// The following GUID is for the ID of the typelib if this project is exposed to COM
[assembly: Guid("88d50bdd-34bc-414a-98d6-6fefe701d41b")]
```

In my [next post][8], I'll discuss assembly versioning in more detail.

[1]: http://www.technologytoolbox.com/blog/jjameson/archive/2011/09/02/last-day-with-microsoft.aspx
[2]: http://www.technologytoolbox.com/blog/jjameson/archive/2009/04/02/linked-files-in-visual-studio-solutions.aspx
[3]: http://www.technologytoolbox.com/blog/jjameson/archive/2009/04/02/ca1704-code-analysis-warning-and-using-custom-dictionaries-in-visual-studio.aspx
[4]: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.reflection.assemblycompanyattribute.aspx
[5]: http://www.technologytoolbox.com/blog/images/www_technologytoolbox_com/blog/jjameson/7/o_Linked%20Files%20in%20Visual%20Studio%20Solutions.JPG
[6]: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.reflection.assemblyconfigurationattribute.aspx
[7]: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.reflection.assemblydescriptionattribute.aspx
[8]: http://www.technologytoolbox.com/blog/jjameson/archive/2009/04/03/best-practices-for-net-assembly-versioning.aspx