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mkbundle, mkbundle2 - Creates a bundled executable.


mkbundle [options] assembly1 [assembly2 ...]


mkbundle generates an executable program that will contain static copies of the assemblies
listed on the command line. By default only the assemblies specified in the command line
will be included in the bundle. To automatically include all of the dependencies
referenced, use the "--deps" command line option.

Use mkbundle when you want the startup runtime to load the 1.0 profile, and use mkbundle2
when you want the startup runtime to load the 2.0 profile.

For example, to create a bundle for hello world, use the following command:
$ mkbundle -o hello hello.exe

The above will pull hello.exe into a native program called "hello". Notice that the
produced image still contains the CIL image and no precompilation is done.

In addition, it is possible to control whether mkbundle should compile the resulting
executable or not with the -c option. This is useful if you want to link additional
libraries or control the generated output in more detail. For example, this could be used
to link some libraries statically:
$ mkbundle -c -o host.c -oo bundles.o --deps hello.exe

$ cc host.c bundles.o /usr/lib/libmono.a -lc -lrt

You may also use mkbundle to generate a bundle you can use when embedding the Mono runtime
in a native application. In that case, use both the -c and --nomain options. The
resulting host.c file will not have a main() function. Call mono_mkbundle_init() before
initializing the JIT in your code so that the bundled assemblies are available to the
embedded runtime.


-c Produce the stub file, do not compile the resulting stub.

-o filename
Places the output on `out'. If the flag -c is specified, this is the C host
program. If not, this contains the resulting executable.

-oo filename
Specifies the name to be used for the helper object file that contains the bundle.

-L path
Adds the `path' do the search list for assemblies. The rules are the same as for
the compiler -lib: or -L flags.

Specifies that a machine.config file must be bundled as well.
Typically this is $prefix/etc/mono/1.0/machine.config or
$prefix/etc/mono/2.0/machine.config depending on the profile that you are using
(1.0 or 2.0)

This is the default: mkbundle will only include the assemblies that were specified
on the command line to reduce the size of the resulting image created.

--deps This option will bundle all of the referenced assemblies for the assemblies listed
on the command line option. This is useful to distribute a self-contained image.

By default mkbundle will delete the temporary files that it uses to produce the
bundle. This option keeps the file around.

--machine-config FILE
Uses the given FILE as the machine.config file for the generated application.

With the -c option, generate the host stub without a main() function.

--config-dir DIR
When passed, DIR will be set for the MONO_CFG_DIR environment variable

By default mkbundle dynamically links to mono and glib. This option causes it to
statically link instead.

Since the Mono runtime is licensed under the LGPL, even if you use static you
should transfer the component pieces of the mkbundle to your users so they are able
to upgrade the Mono runtime on their own.

If you want to use this for commercial licenses, you must obtain a
proprietary license for Mono from [email protected]

-z Compresses the assemblies before embedding. This results in smaller executable
files, but increases startup time and requires zlib to be installed on the target


On Windows systems, it it necessary to have Unix-like toolchain to be installed for
mkbundle to work. You can use cygwin's and install gcc, gcc-mingw and as packages.


AS Assembler command. The default is "as".

CC C compiler command. The default is "cc" under Linux and "gcc" under Windows.

Options to be passed to the bundled Mono runtime, separated by spaces. See the
mono(1) manual page or run mono --help.

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