Wednesday, January 4, 2012

ILSpy: An Alternative to .NET Reflector

According to RedGate .NET Reflector is longer a free (as of February 2011, which leaves a big opening for a new assembly browser for .NET assemblies.

Today I checked out ILSpy. It is an open-source .NET assembly browser and decompiler. It runs on .NET 4.0, and from GitHub is appears to be maintained. It even has a couple of plug-ins (I didn't install any of them) available:

The user interface looks familiar, almost like .NET Reflector from a few versions ago. It also supports the drag-and-drop of assemblies.

It's simple and works well. I'm going to keep it.

Next up I am going to install the Visual Studio Plug-In and see

ILSpy in GitHub
ILSpy Visual Studio Plug-In (
(Forum Post)

.NET Reflector

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