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Chr.Avro is an Avro implementation for .NET. It’s designed to serve as a flexible alternative to the Apache implementation and integrate seamlessly with Confluent’s Kafka and Schema Registry clients.

For more information, check out the documentation.

Quick start

To use the command line interface: Install Chr.Avro.Cli as a global tool:

$ dotnet tool install Chr.Avro.Cli --global
You can invoke the tool using the following command: dotnet-avro
Tool 'chr.avro.cli' (version '3.1.0') was successfully installed.
$ dotnet avro help
Chr.Avro 3.1.0

To use the Kafka producer/consumer builders in your project: Add Chr.Avro.Confluent as a project dependency. After that, check out this guide or read on for some other examples.


The CLI can be used to generate Avro schemas for .NET types (both built-in and from compiled assemblies):

$ dotnet avro create -t System.Int32
$ dotnet avro create -t System.Decimal
$ dotnet avro create -a out/example.dll -t ExampleRecord

It can also verify that a .NET type can be mapped to a Schema Registry schema (useful for both development and CI):

$ dotnet avro registry-test -a out/example.dll -t ExampleRecord -r http://registry:8081 -i 242
A deserializer cannot be created for ExampleRecord: ExampleRecord does not have a field or property that matches the correlation_id field on example_record.

Extensions to the Confluent.Kafka ProducerBuilder and ConsumerBuilder configure Kafka clients to produce and consume Avro-encoded CLR objects:

using Chr.Avro.Confluent;
using Confluent.Kafka;
using Confluent.SchemaRegistry;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace Example
    class ExampleRecord
        public Guid CorrelationId { get; set; }
        public DateTime Timestamp { get; set; }

    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var consumerConfig = new ConsumerConfig()
                BootstrapServers = "broker1:9092,broker2:9092",
                GroupId = "example_consumer_group"

            var registryConfig = new SchemaRegistryConfig()
                SchemaRegistryUrl = "http://registry:8081"

            var builder = new ConsumerBuilder<string, ExampleRecord>(consumerConfig);

            using (var registry = new CachedSchemaRegistryClient(registryConfig))

                using (var consumer = builder.Build())
                    var result = consumer.Consume(CancellationToken.None);
                    Console.WriteLine($"Consumed message! {result.Key}: {result.Value.Timestamp}");

Under the hood, SchemaBuilder is responsible for generating schemas from CLR types:

using Chr.Avro.Abstract;
using Chr.Avro.Representation;
using System;

namespace Example
    enum Fear

    struct FullName
        public string FirstName { get; set; }
        public string LastName { get; set; }

    class Person
        public Guid Id { get; set; }
        public Fear GreatestFear { get; set; }
        public FullName Name { get; set; }

    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var builder = new SchemaBuilder();
            var writer = new JsonSchemaWriter();

            // "double"

            // "string"

            // {"name":"Fear","type":"enum","symbols":["Bears","Children","Haskell"]}

            // {"name":"Person","type":"record"...}


Cake handles all build tasks. Use build.ps1 on Windows and on macOS and Linux. (Some projects target .NET Framework 4.5.2, so certain tasks won’t work on non-Windows machines.)

The following targets are supported:

Name Description
Build builds the library projects
Clean removes all build and release artifacts
Pack creates NuGet packages for the library projects
Publish pushes packages to NuGet
Test runs the test projects

Build and Test will run if no target is specified.

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