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C# Assembly unused classes/references/resources cleaner.


  • Used/unused classes analysis.
  • Unused classes cleanup.
  • Unused references clanup.
  • Unused resources cleanup.
  • Custom entry points for types that don't refernced, but should remain.
  • Hide private types with internal access modifier.
  • WPF/BAML support.


The main goal is to filter .NET assemblies from unused classes after merging with ILRepack. It will not optimize your code or somehow change its behavior, but will erase all that is not used in current assembly.

ILStrip works only on class level. If class is used somehow, all its members will remain even if they are not used.


Code Example

In the reasons of convenience, all operations are divided into separate methods, that should be called in sequence:

ILStrip stripper =
  new ILStrip(inputPath);
// new ILStrip(inputStream);
// new ILStrip(assemblyDefinition);
// add whatever you want by name.
// executable's Main(string[] args) will be added automatically
// walk the assembly opcodes to find all types and references used

// walk the assembly types to build list of all types that aren't used

// remove all unused types

// exclude necessary resources from cleanup

// exclude necessary WPF resources from cleanup

// remove all unused WinForms and WPF resources

// remove all unused references

// exclude the target public API

// hide all other with internal

// stripper.Save(outputStream);

Commandline Tool

In reasons of convenience there is a commandline tool, built from improvised means. This makes the ILStrip to work as standalone or as a part of any build script. Usage:


BrokenEvent.ILStrip.CLI.exe input output [-s] [-e MyNamespace.MyClass] [-h] [-he MyNamespace.MyClass] [-u] [-re MyNamespace.MyResource] [-we resources/myresource.png] [-import myApp.exe]


input           Input assembly filename to process. Required.
output          Output assembly filename to save processed assembly. Required.
-s, -silent     Suppresses logging. Optional.
-e              User defined entry point classes list to start analysis. Multiple values. Optional.
-h, -hide       Hide public API with internal access modifier. Optional.
-b              User defined entry point BAMLs list to start analysis. Multiple values. Optional.
-he             Exclusions for -h option. Multiple values. Optional.
-u              Removes all unknown resources. Optional.
-re             Resource exclusions for -u option. Multiple values. Optional.
-we             WPF Resource exclusions for -u option. Multiple values. Optional.
-import         List of assemblies which use current to import used types as entry points. Optional.

Analysis/How it works

The ILStrip will parse all the methods of classes and find all the types that was used. Then parse them and so on. The starting points of the scanning are called entry points. If the assembly is executable, the main entry method is used as entry point automatically.

You may add another entry points for classes, that will be instantinated with reflection or somehow else. It is used for classes, that have no internal references, but you want them to remain in assembly.

After building this list (stripper.ScanUsedClasses()) anything that isn't listed as used is trash. ScanUnusedClasses() builds the complete list of it.

Parsing of XAML/BAML is also supported. Any class which is referenced in BAML will be counted as used even if is the only reference. Including ResourceDictionaries will work same way. Loading ResourceDictionary from code can't be detected. You should add such BAMLs as entry points.


The WPF Application doesn't use XAML for startup. The startup window is called from code with XAML resource name in string. This couldn't be detected so in this case you should manually add window class (or window BAML) to entry points.

However, if the window is started from code manually (new MyWindow().Show() or something like this) it will be detected as usual type reference.



By default ILStrip will try to cleanup only the resources that are known as unused. By default the following resources will be removed:

  • Any %className%.resources embedded resource for class that is surely known as unused. These are mostly WinForms forms and controls.
  • Any .baml from WPF resource which isn't built for some class (like XAMLs for windows and controls) and isn't referenced by other used BAML.

All other resources will remain in result assembly.

Full Cleanup

You can enable RemoveUnknownResources option which will remove everything which isn't surely known as used. In this case the following resources will NOT be removed:

  • Any %className%.resources embedded resource for class that is surely known as used. These are mostly WinForms forms and controls.
  • Any embedded resource, which name is added to UnusedResourceExclusions.
  • Any .baml from WPF resource which is used by another BAML or related with used class.
  • Any WPF resource, which name was added to UnusedWpfResourceExclusions.

Any other resource will be removed. Be very careful when using this option.

Both cases are not related with .NET resource manager, which is generated by Visual Studio. This resource will remain as is in any case.


Uses Mono.Cecil from Mono project.

Uses BamlParser from Confuser.

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