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How to Call COM VB6 DLL in WCF Application

By Amit Patel on Sep 12, 2012
How to call a COM\VB6 DLL in a WCF Application.

A few days back I was working on a POC where I needed to add a COM reference to a WCF application. When the client calls the WCF service, a method call will go to the COM dll. I have done much R&D on it because I am doing it for the first time. So I found on the internet that there is not a good solution for it. So I decided I need to write complete instructions for doing it.

Let's see how to call a COM\VB6 dll in WCF.

Step 1: First of all we will create a new WCF Application Project.

Step 2: Now we will add a COM reference.


Step 3: Now we will go to the Properties of the COM Assembly that we added a reference for. See the following image:

Step 4: Now we need to change Embed Interop Types =TRUE


Step 5: Now we can use that COM dll in a WCF service.

GrooveScript.GrooveVCardViewerClass c = new GrooveScript.GrooveVCardViewerClass();

Step 6: Now we will deploy the WCF application to an IIS Server.


Happy Coding..

Amit Patel
Amit Patel

I am  C# Corner MVP in Q2 2012.  I have 10 years of experiences in Microsoft technologies. I am very much passionate about Web technology. My core skill is ASP.NET, WCF, C#, JQuery and CSS.