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dotnet new install Consoleable::
This package contains a .NET Template Package you can call from the shell/command line.


A slightly-opinionated dotnet new template for a component which may be used from the commandline or as an class library


dotnet new consoleable [--name MyName] [--xunit] [--nunit] [--sln] [--serilog] [--testbase]
# --xunit : also generate a skeleton xunit test project for the new project
# --nunit : also generate a skeleton nunit test project for the new project
# --sln : also generate a solution file referencing the new project(s).
# --serilog : use Serilog for logging
# --testbase : use TestBase fluent assertions for your tests

Long Example

dotnet new consoleable --name Freddie --xunit --testbase --sln --serilog && cd Freddie && dotnet test && cd Freddie && dotnet run

Opinions?! What Opinions?

These opinions:

  • Anything bigger than ½ a day's work wants testability, instrumentation and configurability, but we really don't want to write all that boilerplate again every. single. time.

  • When run from a commandline, you want an ILoggerFactory, an IConfigurationRoot, and a Settings object.

  • Those three things should work straight out of the box when you use the template, and then be instantly editable to your own favourite logging, configuration and/or settings solution. “Work straight out of the box” means that you can dotnet run and dotnet test immediately after creating the new project.

  • The command-line should do some elementary argument parsing and if appropriate show help text and immediately exit.

  • These command-line Concerns should stay out of your way and be ever-so-neatly separated from the Concerns of your component's functionality.

Why is it better than dotnet new console?


  1. It cleanly separates the concerns of Your Component from the concerns of being a Self-hosted Command-line Tool

  2. It addresses the concerns of being a command-line tool for you, out of the box, saving you the grunt work.

  3. You can easily replace the opinions with your own.

Why is it better than dotnet new classlib?

Who doesn't secretly want their components to be independently usable and testable from the commandline?

Why is it worse than dotnet new classlib?

Because it will take you 20 seconds to edit the .csproj files, remove the <TargetFramework>netcoreapp3.1</TargetFramework> and uncomment <TargetFramework>netstandard2.0</TargetFramework>

(Command line runnability involves targetting a netcoreapp version instead of a netstandard)


I borrowed the opinion from AspNetCore that a Startup class was a good place to configure a Logger, ConfigurationRoot and Settings.

Adding my favourite boilerplate (xunit,nunit,serilog,testbase) as commandline options turned out to be marvellously simple.

Adding your own favourite boilerplate is only a fork & a pull request away. Unless you have you really obscure minority opinions. In that case, it's only a fork and no pull request away.

How to (un)install the Template from NuGet

dotnet new -i Consoleable

dotnet new -u Consoleable

How to (un)install locally and edit

git clone
dotnet new -i ./Consoleable/Templates
# … do some editing … then re-install just by installing the directory again:
dotnet new -i ./Consoleable/Templates

dotnet new -u with no path will neatly tell you the exact command to uninstall any template.

Any Examples? was the somewhat messier forerunner to this template.

What Opinions did you carefully avoid?

You can add your own choice of logging provider and test framework.

What Opinions did you not carefully avoid?

Dotnet rocks, serilog is great, other logging frameworks are also available, there's nothing to choose between NUnit & xUnit except taste and 15 years of assertion helpers, tests should express the specification which is often best written as WhenXGivenYThenZ, NFRs can be tested, TestBase fluent assertions are great.

  • .NETStandard 2.0

    • No dependencies.

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     1.0 First release supports xunit, nunit, serilog, testbase