DEV Community

Cover image for Generate Client SDK for .NET Core using Open Api
Nuno Reis
Nuno Reis

Posted on • Updated on • Originally published at Medium

Generate Client SDK for .NET Core using Open Api

This article is intended to be a tutorial on how to generate a client sdk of an API using OpenAPI specification (a.k.a. Swagger) so you can focus more on implementing new software instead of maintaining useless one.

Pre Requisites

Before we begin, we are going to need two things:

Once we have them we can start our journey.


Step 1: Create a Web Api

Using dotnet command line interface create a webapi with the command dotnet new, just like this:

dotnet new webapi --name Api --language "C#"

Step 2: Generate Open API spec of our Web Api

The webapi template already has a resource called WeatherForecast which we can use to generate our client sdk, so our next logical step will be to add the Swashbuckle required package to our project using dotnet add package. (The command must be executed on the same directory as where the csproj is located.)

dotnet add package Swashbuckle.AspNetCore.SwaggerGen --version 5.5.1

Now that we have the necessary package, it’s time for some code.

We will only need to add some lines on Startup.cs file.

Go to ConfigureServices method and add the AddSwaggerGen method.

services.AddSwaggerGen(options =>  
    options.SwaggerDoc("v1", new OpenApiInfo { Title = "API", Version = "1" });  
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

This method will register the swagger document generator which we will need to retrieve the json document afterwards.

Now we need to install a tool in order to get the json file with the Open API spec of our API called Swashbuckle.AspNetCore.Cli using this command:

dotnet tool install --global Swashbuckle.AspNetCore.Cli

But before running this tool, we must generate a dll of our project, so:

  1. dotnet restore Api/Api.csproj
  2. dotnet build -c Release Api/Api.csproj

Afterwards, validate if our dll was properly generated in Api/bin/Release/netcoreapp3.1 .

Now that we have a proper dll, we can use the tool we installed previously by executing this command:

swagger tofile --output swagger.json Api/bin/Release/netcoreapp3.1/Api.dll v1
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

This command will generate the open api spec into a file named swagger.json which we will then use it to generate our Client SDK.

Step 3: Generate Client SDK for .NET Core

In the beginning I told you it was necessary to install npm. Now it’s time to use it. We are going to install a package from OpenAPI Generator that will help us generate our Client SDK.

Install the Open Api Generator Command Line Interface globally by executing this command:

npm install @openapitools/openapi-generator-cli -g
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

And finally execute Open Api Generator CLI to generate our SDK with this command:

openapi-generator generate -i swagger.json -g csharp-netcore -o Api.Client.Sdk --additional-properties packageName=Api.Client.Sdk

The command will create a directory called Api.Client.Sdk where the generated client sdk of our API with the specified package name is.

Wrap Up

That is basically it. Now you can generate your API SDK without any code, you can even automate the SDK generation and pack it into your package manager.

If you need a different technology for your SDK, open api generator provides a lot more generators which are listed here.

I’ll leave some useful links below if you’d like to know more about some topics talked here:

I’ll also leave the code of this tiny tutorial which is present here.

Top comments (0)