How to use Mono.Cecil to create HelloWorld.exe


How do you use Mono.Cecil to create a simple program from scratch? All the examples and tutorials I've been able to find so far, assume you are working with an existing assembly, reading or making small changes.

By : rwallace


I'm without laptop here (I'm walking in street) so I can't write and show you a full example, but it's simple like other examples you already saw. but inatead of read existed assembly you need to create one and save it.

You need to create an AssemblyDefinition, a ModuleDefinition, a Type and Method and save it to disk.

You need to remember that its IL and metadata writer without compiler.

Check this for example.

See the following code to get you started:

var myHelloWorldApp = AssemblyDefinition.CreateAssembly(
    new AssemblyNameDefinition("HelloWorld", new Version(1, 0, 0, 0)), "HelloWorld", ModuleKind.Console);

var module = myHelloWorldApp.MainModule;

// create the program type and add it to the module
var programType = new TypeDefinition("HelloWorld", "Program",
    Mono.Cecil.TypeAttributes.Class | Mono.Cecil.TypeAttributes.Public, module.TypeSystem.Object);


// add an empty constructor
var ctor = new MethodDefinition(".ctor", Mono.Cecil.MethodAttributes.Public | Mono.Cecil.MethodAttributes.HideBySig
    | Mono.Cecil.MethodAttributes.SpecialName | Mono.Cecil.MethodAttributes.RTSpecialName, module.TypeSystem.Void);

// create the constructor's method body
var il = ctor.Body.GetILProcessor();


// call the base constructor
il.Append(il.Create(OpCodes.Call, module.Import(typeof(object).GetConstructor(Array.Empty
By : fknx

This video can help you solving your question :)
By: admin