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File TypeStrong Name Key File

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CategoryEncoded Files


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Software key file created by Strong Name Tool (Sn.exe), a cryptographic program included with Microsoft's .NET framework; contains a public key and private key pair; used to digitally sign and authenticate an application.

More Information

The compiler uses the private key in the SNK file along with the assembly's contents to sign the application. A single SNK file may be used by multiple applications developed by the same company.

Programs that open SNK files
Microsoft Strong Name Tool
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
Updated 12/1/2014