FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders 1.0.3

dotnet add package FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders --version 1.0.3                
NuGet\Install-Package FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders -Version 1.0.3                
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<PackageReference Include="FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders" Version="1.0.3" />                
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paket add FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders --version 1.0.3                
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#tool nuget:?package=FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders&version=1.0.3                


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This is a collection of type providers that provide literals: compile-time constants that can be used in regular code, but also as parameters to other type providers or .NET attributes.


FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders.Env contains literals for environment variables during compile time.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

/// The compile-time value of the "OS" environment variable
let compileOS = Env.OS.Value

match compileOS with
| "Windows_NT" -> printfn "This program was compiled on Windows!"
| "Unix" -> printfn "This program was compiled on OSX or Linux!"
| _ -> printfn "I don't know the platform this program was compiled on :("

Here is a more useful example, using it as a parameter to another type provider (namely, SQLProvider):

open FSharp.Data.Sql
open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

type Sql = SqlProvider<Common.DatabaseProviderTypes.MSSQLSERVER,

Note that when called this way, Env fails to compile if the environment variable is not set.

Alternatively, the environment variable's name can be passed as a string parameter. In this case, Env returns the empty string if the variable is not set.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let vsVersion = Env<"VisualStudioEdition">.Value

match vsVersion with
| "" -> printfn "This program wasn't compiled with Visual Studio."
| v -> printfn "This program was built with Visual Studio %s." v

When used with a parameter, Env also provides a value IsSet : bool

Additional parameters can be passed:

  • DefaultValue : string will be used as the value if the environment variable isn't set, instead of the empty string.

    open FSharp.Data.Sql
    open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders
    let [<Literal>] connString =
        Env<"CONNECTION_STRING", "Server=localhost;Integrated Security=true">.Value
    type Sql = SqlProvider<Common.DatabaseProviderTypes.MSSQLSERVER, connString>
  • EnsureExists : bool specifies the behavior when the environment variable isn't set.

    If false (the default), then Value is an empty string (or DefaultValue if provided).

    If true, then the type provider raises a compile-time error.

    /// Throws a compile-time error "Environment variable does not exist: CONNECTION_STRING".
    let [<Literal>] connString = Env<"CONNECTION_STRING", EnsureExists = true>.Text

Tip: to pass Env directly to another type provider without binding it as a let [<Literal>], use the const operator:

type Sql = SqlProvider<Common.DatabaseProviderTypes.MSSQLSERVER,
                                 "Server=localhost;Integrated Security=true">.Value)>


FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders.TextFile contains literals that are read from text files during compilation.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

/// The compile-time contents of the file <projectFolder>/build/version.txt
let [<Literal>] version = TextFile.build.``version.txt``.Text

Alternatively, the file path can be passed as a string parameter. In this case, TextFile returns the empty string if the file doesn't exist.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

/// The compile-time contents of the file <projectFolder>/build/version.txt
/// or "" if this file doesn't exist.
let [<Literal>] version = TextFile<"build/version.txt">.Text

Additional parameters can be passed:

  • DefaultValue : string will be used as the value if the file doesn't exist, instead of the empty string.

    open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders
    /// The compile-time contents of the file <projectFolder>/build/version.txt
    /// or "1.0" if this file doesn't exist.
    let [<Literal>] version = TextFile<"build/version.txt", DefaultValue = "1.0">.Text
  • Encoding : string specifies the text encoding.

    The possible values are UTF-8, UTF-16-le, UTF-16-be, UTF-32-le and UTF-32-be.

    When not specified, TextFile tries to guess the encoding.

    open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders
    let [<Literal>] script = TextFile<"LoadData.sql", Encoding = "UTF-16-le">.Text

    Note: regardless of the encoding, if the file starts with a byte order mark, then the BOM is stripped from the string.

  • EnsureExists : bool specifies the behavior when the file doesn't exist.

    If false (the default), then the Text value is an empty string (or DefaultValue if provided).

    If true, then the type provider raises a compile-time error.

    /// Throws a compile-time error "File does not exist: fileThatDoesntExist.txt".
    let [<Literal>] test = TextFile<"fileThatDoesntExist.txt", EnsureExists = true>.Text


FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders.Exec executes an external program during compilation and captures its output.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let [<Literal>] currentBranch = Exec<"git", "branch --show-current">.Output

Additional parameters can be passed:

  • Input: string: text that is passed to the program's standard output.

  • Directory: string: the working directory. The default is the project directory.

  • EnsureSuccess: bool: if true, the provider ensures that the program exits successfully, and fails otherwise.
    If false, no error is raised.
    The default is true.

  • Timeout: int: timeout in milliseconds. Raise an error if the program takes longer to finish.
    The default is 10_000 (10 seconds).

The following values are provided:

  • Output: string: the program's standard output.

  • Error: string: the program's standard error.

  • ExitCode: int: the program's exit code. Only useful with EnsureSuccess = false, otherwise always 0.


FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders contains sub-namespaces String, Int and Bool for conditional operations on these types.


The providers EQ and NE contain Value: bool that checks whether the two parameters are equal / not equal, respectively.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let [<Literal>] branch = Exec<"git", "branch --show-current">.Output

let [<Literal>] isMaster = String.EQ<branch, "master">.Value


In sub-namespace Int, the providers LT, LE, GT and GE contain Value: bool that checks whether the first parameter is less than / less than or equal / greater than / greater than or equal to the second parameter, respectively.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let [<Literal>] gitStatusCode = Exec<"git", "status", EnsureSuccess = false>.StatusCode

let [<Literal>] notInGitRepo = Int.GT<gitStatusCode, 0>.Value

Boolean operations

In sub-namespace Bool, the providers AND, OR, XOR and NOT contain Value: bool that performs the corresponding boolean operation on its parameter(s).

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

type GithubAction = Env<"GITHUB_ACTION">

let [<Literal>] isLocalBuild = Bool.NOT<GithubAction.IsSet>.Value


The provider IF takes a condition and two values as parameters. It returns the first value if the condition is true, and the second value if the condition is false.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let [<Literal>] versionSuffix = String.IF<isMaster, "", "-pre">.Value


FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders.BuildDate contains the build time as a literal string in ISO-8601 format ("o" format).

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let utcBuildDate = BuildDate.Utc      // "2019-08-24T19:45:03.2279236Z"
let localBuildDate = BuildDate.Local  // "2019-08-24T21:45:03.2279236+02:00"

It can be optionally parameterized by a date format.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let buildTime = BuildDate<"hh:mm:ss">.Utc  // "21:45:03"

Parsed value

The providers try to parse string values as integer and as boolean. If any of these succeed, a value suffixed with AsInt or AsBool is provided.

open FSharp.Data.LiteralProviders

let runNumber = Env<"GITHUB_RUN_NUMBER">.Value // eg. "42"

let runNumber = Env<"GITHUB_RUN_NUMBER">.ValueAsInt // eg. 42

The following values are parsed this way:

  • Env.Value
  • TextFile.Text
  • Exec.Output
  • Exec.Error
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