SharpShell makes it easy to create Windows Shell Extensions using the .NET Framework.
- Projects that use SharpShell
- Deploying SharpShell Servers
- Supported Shell Extensions
Projects that use SharpShell
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- Trello Context Menu
- REAL Shuffle Player 2.0
- The CmisSync context menu
- Checksum Inspector
- VSIX PowerToys
- Windows Explorer Thumbnails for MagicaVoxel .vox files
- Markdown Preview
Deploying SharpShell Servers
There is an article on the CodeProject that describes in detail how you can use the Server Registration Manager tool to deploy SharpShell servers:
Supported Shell Extensions
The following extensions are supported by SharpShell.
Shell Context Menus
Shell Context Menus allow the context menus used in Windows Explorer to be customised.
Shell Icon Handlers are DLLs that are registered in the system to customise the appearance of icons.
Info Tip Handlers
Shell Info Tip Handlers are DLLs that are registered in the system to customise tooltips for items in the shell.
Shell Drop Handlers are DLLs that are registered in the system to extend the drag and drop functionality in the Shell.
Shell PreviewHandlers are dlls that can be registered in the system to allow you to create visually rich previews for items that are displayed directly in Windows Explorer.
Icon Overlay Handlers
Shell Icon Overlay Handlers can be really useful. They let you display an icon overlay over shell objects to provide extra information. Programs like Dropbox use these overlays to show whether files are synchronised or not.
Shell Thumbnail Handlers (or as they're sometimes known, Shell Thumbnail Providers) are COM servers that you can write to customise the appearance of the thumbnail icons in the Windows Shell.
Property Sheet Extensions
These are extensions that add extra pages to the property sheets shown for shell items such as files, network shares, folders and so on.
- Always include a DisplayName for a deskband extension, otherwise it won't register.
- The UserControl for deskband should specify a minimum size and maximum size - if they're not specified the actual size will be used.
Below are some resources I've found useful during SharpShell development. Please get in touch if you have suggestions for more, or just make a pull request with changes to this file.
SharpShell is licensed under the MIT License - the details are at LICENSE.md
If you've used SharpShell and would like to add a testimonial, just send me a message!
CmisSync, our Dropbox-like client for Enterprise Content Management servers, just switched to SharpShell, and we are extremely pleased with this library. Our previous custom-built Windows Explorer integration was buggy, unreliable and hard to maintain, and SharpShell is really rock-solid in comparison. The best part: It only took 2 days to integrate SharpShell into our software, testing and installer included. Thanks SharpShell!
Nicolas Raoul - CmisSync.com
CI/CD is currently handled by AppVeyor. AppVeyor will:
- Build the project
- Run the tests
- Create the core SharpShell Nuget Package
- Publish the package to nuget.org if a version tag is pushed
- Create a GitHub release with the package if a version tag is pushed
Some work is still needed on the CI/CD side:
- AppVeyor config should be in the yaml file, not the web UI.
- Look at handing the changelog more effectively, with somelike like the node release tool used in my other projects.
- Look into automatic notifications for package publication.
- There is stale release code in the
Many thanks to JetBrains for providing an Open Source License for their products!