How to force IIS/ASP.NET to use assembly from the bin folder instead of GAC

If you have a assembly with the same version number located both in the bin folder for a web site and in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC), ASP.NET will by default use the GAC version of the file. Sometimes that’s not the ideal solution so here’s a workaround.

1. Open web.config in a text editor

2. Add this code to /configuration/runtime/assemblyBinding/dependentAssembly:

<assemblyIdentity name="Your.Assembly.Name" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35"/>
<codebase version="" href="/bin/Your.Assembly.Name.dll" />

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