Accessing the current module’s HINSTANCE from a static library

Raymond Chen


If you’re writing a static library, you may have need to access
the HINSTANCE of the module that you have been
linked into.
You could require that the module that links you in pass the
HINSTANCE to a special initialization function,
but odds are that people will forget to do this.

If you are using a Microsoft linker, you can take advantage of
a pseudovariable which the linker provides.


The pseudovariable __ImageBase
represents the DOS header of the module, which happens to
be what a Win32 module begins with.
In other words, it’s the base address of the module.
And the module base address is the same as its HINSTANCE.

So there’s your HINSTANCE.

[Raymond is currently on vacation; this message was pre-recorded.]


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