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PublicApiGenerator

PublicApiGenerator has no dependencies and simply creates a string the represents the public API. Any approval library can be used to approve the generated public API. PublicApiGenerator supports C# 8 Nullable Reference Types from version 10.

How do I use it

Install-package PublicApiGenerator

Public API of an assembly

var publicApi = typeof(Library).Assembly.GeneratePublicApi();

Public API of multiple types

var myTypes = new[] { typeof(MyType), typeof(YetAnotherType) };
var publicApi = typeof(myTypes).GeneratePublicApi();

Public API of a type

var publicApi = typeof(MyType).GeneratePublicApi();

More control over the API output

var options = new ApiGeneratorOptions { ... };
var publicApi = typeof(Library).Assembly.GeneratePublicApi(options);

Manual

[Fact]
public void my_assembly_has_no_public_api_changes()
{
    var publicApi = typeof(Library).Assembly.GeneratePublicApi();

    var approvedFilePath = "PublicApi.approved.txt";
    if (!File.Exists(approvedFilePath))
    {
        // Create a file to write to.
        using (var sw = File.CreateText(approvedFilePath)) { }
    }

    var approvedApi = File.ReadAllText(approvedFilePath);

    Assert.Equal(approvedApi, publicApi);
}

Shouldly

Install-package Shouldly

[Fact]
public void my_assembly_has_no_public_api_changes()
{
    var publicApi = typeof(Library).Assembly.GeneratePublicApi();

    //Shouldly
    publicApi.ShouldMatchApproved();
}

ApprovalTests

Install-package ApprovalTests

[Fact]
public void my_assembly_has_no_public_api_changes()
{
    var publicApi = typeof(Library).Assembly.GeneratePublicApi();
    var writer = new ApprovalTextWriter(publicApi, "txt");
    var approvalNamer = new AssemblyPathNamer(assembly.Location);
    Approvals.Verify(writer, approvalNamer, Approvals.GetReporter());
}

private class AssemblyPathNamer : UnitTestFrameworkNamer
{
    private readonly string name;

    public AssemblyPathNamer(string assemblyPath)
    {
        name = Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(assemblyPath);
    }

    public override string Name
    {
        get { return name; }
    }
}

PublicApi Generator Global Tool

Install

dotnet tool install -g PublicApiGenerator.Tool

Update

dotnet tool update -g PublicApiGenerator.Tool

Remove

dotnet tool uninstall -g PublicApiGenerator.Tool

Examples

Generate public API for fluent assertions 5.6.0 for runtime framework netcoreapp2.1 and net461

generate-public-api --target-frameworks netcoreapp2.1;net461 --package FluentAssertions --package-version 5.6.0

Generate public API for fluent assertions 5.* for runtime framework net47

generate-public-api --target-frameworks net47 --package FluentAssertions --package-version 5.*

Note that when a single target framework is specified then the API is generated to standard output. To write to a file, you can either use shell redirection:

generate-public-api --target-frameworks net47 --package FluentAssertions --package-version 5.* > api.txt

or specify an output directory to force the generation of an API file:

generate-public-api --target-frameworks net47 --package FluentAssertions --package-version 5.* --output-directory .

Generate public API for fluent assertions 5.6.0 (exact version match) for runtime framework net47

generate-public-api --target-frameworks net47 --package FluentAssertions --package-version [5.6.0]

Generate public API for NServiceBus 7.1.4 for runtime framework netcoreapp2.2 and net452. Note NServiceBus package doesn't contain NServiceBus.dll and therefore it is required to specify the assembly that contains the public API.

generate-public-api --target-frameworks netcoreapp2.2;net452 --package NServiceBus --package-version 7.1.4 --assembly NServiceBus.Core.dll

Generate a public API for NServiceBus release available on myget

generate-public-api --target-frameworks netcoreapp2.2;net452 --package NServiceBus --package-version 7.1.4 --assembly NServiceBus.Core.dll --package-source https://www.myget.org/F/particular/api/v3/index.json

Command line arguments

--target-frameworks framework|framework;framework

The target framework in which the package will be restored. The target framework is also used as runtime to generate the public API. It is required to specify a valid runtime framework. For example

  • netcoreapp2.2;net452 to build a public API for netcoreapp2.2 and net452
  • netcoreapp2.1;net461 to build a public API for netcoreapp2.1 and net461
  • net47 to build a public API for net47

It is not possible to use netstandard2.0 because it is not a valid runtime framework.

If only a single target framework is given then the API is generated to the standard output unless the --output-directory option is also specified.

--package-name PackageName

A valid nuget package name. For example

  • FluentAssertions
  • NServiceBus

When the --package-name switch is used the --package-version switch is mandatory.

--package-version Version

A nuget package version or floating versions as specified by https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/nuget/consume-packages/package-references-in-project-files and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/nuget/concepts/package-versioning#version-ranges-and-wildcards. For example

  • 8.1.1
  • 8.0
  • 8.0-*
--package-source Source

Allows specifying one or multiple package sources to look for packages.

--assembly Assembly.dll

The assembly name including the extension to generate a public API from in case in differs from the package name. For example

  • PublicApiGenerator.dll
  • NServiceBus.Core.dll
--project-path

A path to a csproj file that contains the public API that needs to be built. By default a release build will be generated. When the project-path switch is used it is required to specify the --assembly switch to point to the output assembly that contains the public API. For example

  • ..\PublicApiGenerator\PublicApiGenerator.csproj
--working-directory Path

The temporary working directory to be used to generate the work artifacts.

--output-directory Path

The output directory where public API text-files should be moved. The end with *.received.txt

--generator-version Version

By default latest stable release version of PubliApiGenerator will be used in the global tool to generate the public API with in the major range of the global tool. It is possible to override the PublicApiGenerator version by specifying the version to be used in this switch. For example

  • 8.1.0
--verbose

Detailed information about what's going on behind the scenes

leave-artifacts

For troubleshooting purposes it might be necessary to look into the temporary work artifacts. By specifying this switch the temporary csproj files and all the temp folders are not deleted after a run. Be aware this might significantly decrease the available disk space because all artifacts including the compile time artifacts are not deleted.

wait-time-in-seconds

The number of seconds to wait for the API generation process to end (default 60 seconds). If multiple target frameworks are used the wait time is applied per target framework. If the process did not end in the allotted time a TimeoutException is thrown.

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