Symptoms

The following error is displayed when .NET add-in is added to the vault via PDM Administration tool: Error creating the add-in COM object from the dll ‘name.dll’. Cause: the add-in registration succeeded but the add-in’s class ID could not be found in the registry

Error when adding add-in to the PDM vault
Error when adding add-in to the PDM vault

Add-in works correctly while debugging

Cause

This error happens if project is using the libraries which are not compatible with SOLIDWORKS PDM. For example the System.Threading.Tasks.Extensions will cause this issue. The issue will be reproducible even if dll is not used in the project but just present in the folder.

References tree of the add-in project
References tree of the add-in project

Resolution

  • Find the problematic dll. Note, it is recommended to clear the bin (output) folder as the dll might no longer be used in the project, but still present in the output folder.
    • It might be required to comment out the code and remove the references one-by-one to find the dll which is causing the problem
  • Once found, inspect how to avoid using this dll. This library may be a part of another package which is not necessarily to be in the add-in project. For example System.Threading.Tasks.Extensions could be added to the project as a part of Moq framework for Unit Testing. Unit Testing binaries should not be compiled into the target add-in output folder.
  • If it is not possible to avoid using the dll, alternative way could be to add dll as the resource file and dynamically copy the dll on add-in load and use the AppDomain::AssemblyResolve notification to properly resolve references at runtime.