How to: View the contents of the global assembly cache


This article is specific to .NET Framework. It doesn't apply to newer implementations of .NET, including .NET 6 and later versions.

Use the global assembly cache tool (gacutil.exe) to view the contents of the global assembly cache (GAC).

View the assemblies in the GAC

To view a list of the assemblies in the global assembly cache, open Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt or Visual Studio Developer PowerShell, and then enter the following command:

gacutil -l


gacutil /l


In earlier versions of .NET Framework, the Shfusion.dll Windows shell extension enabled you to view the global assembly cache in File Explorer. Beginning with .NET Framework 4, Shfusion.dll is obsolete.

See also