Tutorial :How can I include files in a C# deployment?


I have a DLL I need to deploy with my C# application. It's not currently included in the installation package when I hit "Publish" so how do I include it?

Would the process be any different if I had app.config and other files I wanted to deploy with my application?


If it's referenced it should be included automatically. I've deployed a couple of apps that require a 3rd party dll and they've published OK.

Is the dll referenced correctly in your project? That's the only thing I can think of at the moment that might be the problem, but if it wasn't your code wouldn't compile and/or link anyway.

To get the xls file to deploy all you need to do is add the file to the solution and then set the "Copy to Output Directory" property on the file.


I take it you are using Visual Studio?

If your using Visual Studio 2008 (I have no experience with Visual Studio 2005) under the Publish tab in your project properties click on the Application Files button. This will bring up a list of all dependencies assembalies required by your project. If you find that required dll is not being published by the Visual Studio publisher tool by default you can go into here and set the Publish Status of the offending dll to Include.

Sometimes in my more complicated projects, depending on the type of dependency, I have to go into this menu and force certain dll's to be included opposed to the default Prerequsite setting.

...but this is all under the assumption you have the assembly properly referenced in the required projects and everything is compiling fine.


Can't you add the dll as a resource to your installer project?

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