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NetBash is a drop in (think mvc mini profiler) command line for your web app.

Credits for creating NetBash goes to Luke Lowrey - I merely adapted it and changed how it works and redid the reflection, and bits.

Set up

On application start call NetBash.Init() to initilize the routes. You can optionally set the Authorize action, this action is run to determine whether to show the console.

protected void Application_Start()


    NetBash.Settings.Authorize = (request) =>
            return request.IsLocal;

You also need to add the render includes code somewhere on your page (_Layout.cshtml is proabably easiest).



NetBash commands are sent using this format - "[class name] [command name] [arg1] [arg2] etc". You can see which commands are currently loaded by typing "help". There are also a few keyboard shortcuts (which can be viewed with "shortcuts" the most useful being "`" to open and focust the console. If you wish to know all the commands available in a class, simply type the class name, ie. "core".

Creating a Command

NetBash will look for any classes that are decorated with the WebCommandType attribute. To create a command simply add the WebCommandType and WebCommand Attribtues.

[WebCommandType("core", "Core Commands")]
public class CoreCommands

    [WebCommand("test", "Does a test")]
    public CommandResult Test(string[] args)
        return new CommandResult() {IsHtml = false, Result = "This is a test!"};


This useless example simply returns "This is a test!" when you run "core test".


I need to document this - but basically its the same as NetBash, but everythings in the "core" class


v 1.1 - 2011-04-15
  • Reworked the reflection side of things to make things alot smoother and more reliable.
  • Removed the requirement to inherit from IWebCommand - completely pointless thanks to the refactoring
  • Added CommandResult.IsError - which will format stuff in Red for you, for errors and such.
  • Added the ability to have named parameters, instead of only accepting a string[], ie:
        [WebCommand("NameTest","Returns Your Name")]
        public string Test(string Name)
            return string.Format("Hello, {0}", Name);
v1.2 - 2011-04-29
  • Removed the requirement for WebCommandAttirbute's Name and Description, so now you can do:
        public string Test(string Name)
            return string.Format("Hello, {0}", Name);
  • It will show up as "Test" with a description of "No Description Found"
Plan for vNext
  • Ability to have basic value types for parametes ie. DateTime, int, etc.
  • Add validation for parameters - ie. make some required, some optional
  • Copy the idea of "partial" classes ie. you can have multiple classes that will join up to form a command type.
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