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CppSharp is a tool and set of libraries which allows programmers to use C/C++ libraries with high-level programming languages (such as C#).

It is a tool that takes C/C++ header and library files and generates the necessary glue to surface the native API as a managed API. Such an API can be used to consume an existing native library in your high-level code or add scripting support to a native codebase.

The supported target languages at present are C# and C++/CLI.

It can also be used as a library to parse native code into a syntax tree with a rich declaration and type information model.

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Mirrors the Clang's C/C++ AST and type system classes in C# APIs.

Check out Clang's AST introduction docs for more details about its architecture.

  • C++ declarations
  • C++ types
  • Class object layout
  • Declaration visitors
  • Type visitors


Provides APIs for parsing of C/C++ source code into a syntax tree.

  • Parsing of C/C++ source code
  • Parsing of libraries archives symbols
  • Parsing of shared libraries symbols
  • Based on the very accurate Clang C++ parser.


Generates the glue binding code from a syntax tree of the native code.

  • Multiple backends: C++/CLI and C# (P/Invoke)
  • Multiple ABIs: Itanium, MS, ARM, iOS
  • Multiple platforms: Windows, OS X and Linux
  • Multiple runtimes: .NET and Mono
  • C++ virtual methods overriding from managed code
  • C++ multiple inheritance by translating to C# interfaces
  • C++ std::string
  • C++ default parameter values
  • C/C++ semantic comments (Doxygen) to C# comments
  • Extensible bindings semantics via user passes and type mapping


Please see the following resources for more information:

Getting Started

User's Manual

Developer's Manual


Feel free to open up issues on Github for any problems you find.

You can also join us at our #managed-interop Gitter discussion channel.


For building wrappers and priority support please write to cppsharp@protonmail.com. Alternatively, you may post bounties at https://www.bountysource.com/.


CppSharp is used by the following projects:






FFmpeg bindings

Tizen bindings

libgd bindings




Please feel free to send us a pull request adding your own projects to the list above.