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C# - How to combine all files into a single .exe file?

Discussion in 'C, C++, C#' started by tonib, May 26, 2014.

  1. tonib

    tonib Power Member

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    I got my working project (C# - console application) and I have my .cs files, but I can not for the life of me figure out how to compile everything into a single .exe. If I copy the .exe without moving the other files it crashes immediately on startup since it contains references to the other files which are missing.:rolleyes:

    I saw after a little Google-fu that people recommend using ILMerge, but apparently it is used to merge .dll files with the .exe file. Problem is - I do not have any .dll files and if I try to convert my .cs files to .dll I always run into some errors (most of them because all classes have references to each other). Furthermore - I have other files as well and I am not sure if I would be able to merge them using ILMerge. Oh, yeah, and I do not really understand how to use it (ILMerge) either.

    Is there any simpler idiot friendly method how to do all that?
     
  2. theMagicNumber

    theMagicNumber Regular Member

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    You are doing something really messed up. What files are you talking about ?
     
  3. cpa-marketing

    cpa-marketing Regular Member

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    you can compile the exe on runtime. The exe will compile and generate and run another exe ..that's what i do
     
  4. CoolMartin

    CoolMartin Newbie

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    If you are using Visual Studio near Start program there is Debug change it to Release and click start after that your program should be compiled.
     
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    Chris22 Regular Member

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  6. neutralhatter

    neutralhatter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    ILmerge stands for merging Intermediate Language.
    Intermediate language is what all .net languages are compiled to. Ilmerge will allow you to combine assemblies from .net... .Exe or .dll

    there are also executables from different sources, you'll be able to merge a lot of stuff in your assembly by added them to your resources in visual studio. Though, if you want to merge third party executables you will not be able to run them just in memory... not without complications atleast. you'll have to re-create the executables on the disk and run them as such.
     
  7. Xaniar

    Xaniar Newbie

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    Assuming you are using Visual Studio:

    1) Open your project
    2) In the top menu bar, choose Build > Configuration Manager...
    3) Set Active Solution Configuration to Release
    4) Rebuild Solution
    3) Change Active Build to Release
    4) Right click on project -> Build

    You should have a .exe file in your ProjectFolder\bin\release now.
     
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  8. THUNDERELVI

    THUNDERELVI Elite Member

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    Use the Release function in Visual Studio.
     
  9. hatemachine

    hatemachine Regular Member

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    No. Read the OP.

    I have a good way of doing it, OP. If you'd like to know, pm me.
     
  10. THUNDERELVI

    THUNDERELVI Elite Member

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    Dude I did read the OP. Btw, what files are we talking about ? TXT files ?
     
  11. hatemachine

    hatemachine Regular Member

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    Then read it again.
     
  12. eried

    eried Newbie

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    If no external dlls, then probably the only file missing is the .config.exe, because the .cs files aren't used by an .exe (you can check Windows Event Viewer to get details about why the app does not work)
     
  13. NickRock

    NickRock Newbie

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    There is a magic thing called Visual Studio 2012 and it can compile your program too! :O
     
  14. Precubed

    Precubed Newbie

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    Use Visual Studio and use build solution under Build -> Build Solution, or press F7.