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Opinionated solution template for building F# OSS libraries and tools.

Sample repository is available here -

Sample generated documentation can be found here -

Part of the Ionide initiative. You can support Ionide development on Open Collective.

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What's included in template

  • Paket, FAKE, and Fornax added as dotnet local tools (.config/dotnet-tools.json)
  • build.fsx file, containing default FAKE script with targets for building, testing, documentation generation, publishing to GitHub, and publishing to NuGet
  • paket.dependencies with basic set of dependencies
  • src folder containing 2 projects - one class library (netstandard2.0), and CLI tool (netcoreapp3.1)
  • test folder containing UnitTest project using Expecto and FsCheck
  • docs folder with Fornax documentation template that will generate nice documentation for your project.
  • .devcontainer folder with definition of Development Container
  • .github/workflows folder with definition for 2 GitHub actions - one for building and testing code as CI, one for deploying documentation when new tag is pushed. To use latter, you need to define PERSONAL_TOKEN secret in GitHub repo settings with Personal Access Token.
  • .github/ISSUE_TEMPLATE folder with 2 different issue templates - one for bug report, other one for feature request

Documentation Theme

Template includes, out-of-the-box, nice theme for your project documentation, which integrates with FSharp.Formatting to create also API reference

How to use template

  1. Install dotnet new template with dotnet new -i Waypoint
  2. Create new folder mkdir TestApp and go into it cd TestApp
  3. Create new project with dotnet new Waypoint


Waypoint got created for couple of reasons. Mostly because I (Chris) was unhappy with possible options "on the market" - don't get me wrong, I think projects like MiniScaffold are doing great job, but it was just not hitting my personal sweet spot for what I wanted from project scaffold. Secondly I strongly believe into having opinionated set of tools working well together, providing great Developer Experience - building such tools is something I've been doing for last couple of years, so providing single "package" seems like a logical next step. Thirdly, I want Waypoint to be "canonical" example of using Fornax for documentation generation - scaffolded template contains really nice theme for documentation, integration with FSharp.Formatting, built-in search support, and more.

Inspired by

No project lives in vacuum - good ideas are very often just small improvements on the previous state of art. Waypoint has been heavily inspired by:

Used projects

  • .Net Core SDK - modern, OSS, cross platform distribution of .Net; dotnet - CLI tool for developers
  • Paket - Paket is a dependency manager for .NET projects, popular in F# community.
  • FAKE - F# build DSL and task runner
  • Fornax - scriptable static site generator using type safe F# DSL to define page layouts
  • Expecto - F# test library
  • FsCheck - Random testing library for F#


  1. What about fsprojects/ProjectScaffold ?

ProjectScaffold is fairly outdated template, and I think everyone, including original creators of ProjectScaffold will welcome modern alternative.

  1. What about TheAngryByrd/MiniScaffold ?

MiniScaffold is great project, with many options and functionalities - such as code formatting, test coverage, sourcelinks and more. I've decided to create a scaffold feeding my needs and needs of Ionide projects that's bit more opinionated, and provide less functionalities. Please use whichever scaffold you want!

  1. Why do we even need solution scaffold? Is dotnet new console and dotnet build not enough?

No, it's not enough. Real world project, unlike conference demos, requires more structure, testing, documentation - especially OSS projects, if you care for adaption and user happiness. Beacuse of that we need something that will provide nice experience for both users and developers of the OSS projects.

How to build template

Those are instructions for developing template. For instructions regarding scaffolded project check generated file

  1. Make sure you've installed .Net Core version defined in global.json
  2. Run dotnet tool restore to install all developer tools required to build the project
  3. Run dotnet fake build to build default target of build script

How to contribute

Imposter syndrome disclaimer: I want your help. No really, I do.

There might be a little voice inside that tells you you're not ready; that you need to do one more tutorial, or learn another framework, or write a few more blog posts before you can help me with this project.

I assure you, that's not the case.

This project has some clear Contribution Guidelines and expectations that you can read here.

The contribution guidelines outline the process that you'll need to follow to get a patch merged. By making expectations and process explicit, I hope it will make it easier for you to contribute.

And you don't just have to write code. You can help out by writing documentation, tests, or even by giving feedback about this work. (And yes, that includes giving feedback about the contribution guidelines.)

Thank you for contributing!

Contributing and copyright

The project is hosted on GitHub where you can report issues fork the project and submit pull requests.

The library is available under MIT license, which allows modification and redistribution for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.