MiniRazor.Runtime 2.2.0

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Use RazorBlade for build-time compilation and RazorLight for run-time compilation

dotnet add package MiniRazor.Runtime --version 2.2.0
NuGet\Install-Package MiniRazor.Runtime -Version 2.2.0
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="MiniRazor.Runtime" Version="2.2.0" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add MiniRazor.Runtime --version 2.2.0
#r "nuget: MiniRazor.Runtime, 2.2.0"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install MiniRazor.Runtime as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=MiniRazor.Runtime&version=2.2.0

// Install MiniRazor.Runtime as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=MiniRazor.Runtime&version=2.2.0


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⚠️ Project status: maintenance mode (bug fixes only).

MiniRazor is a tiny abstraction over the Razor engine, designed to provide a simple interface to compile and render templates, both at build time and at runtime.

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All-in-one meta package:

  • 📦 NuGet: dotnet add package MiniRazor

Specialized packages:

  • 📦 NuGet: dotnet add package MiniRazor.Compiler (runtime compilation only)
  • 📦 NuGet: dotnet add package MiniRazor.CodeGen (build time compilation only)

⚠ If you're referencing MiniRazor.CodeGen, ensure that it's NOT marked with PrivateAssets="all"! Although the source generator assembly itself is only used during build, this package also contains binaries which are required by the generated code at runtime.


Compiling templates at build time

⚠️ Compiling at build time requires MiniRazor.CodeGen.

MiniRazor comes with a source generator that can parse Razor templates and transpile them into C# classes directly at build time. This workflow is suitable and highly recommended for scenarios where your templates are not expected to change.

To do that, first create a Razor template as shown here:

@inherits MiniRazor.TemplateBase<string>
@namespace MyNamespace.Templates


    <title>Hello @Model</title>

    <p>Hello @Model</p>


Note the usage of two important directives at the top of the file:

  • @inherits directive indicates that the base type of this template is MiniRazor.TemplateBase<TModel>, with the model of type string. If this directive is not included, the template will instead inherit from MiniRazor.TemplateBase<dynamic> by default, which doesn't offer the same level of type-safety when working with the model.

  • @namespace directive instructs the compiler to put the generated class into the MyNamespace.Templates namespace. If this directive is omitted, the default namespace of MiniRazor.GeneratedTemplates will be used instead.

In order to make the template accessible by MiniRazor's source generator, you need to add it to the project as AdditionalFiles and mark it with the IsRazorTemplate="true" attribute:

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk">


    <AdditionalFiles Include="Templates/TemplateFoo.cshtml" IsRazorTemplate="true" />

    <AdditionalFiles Include="Templates/*.cshtml" IsRazorTemplate="true" />



Once that's done, you should be able to run dotnet build to build the project and trigger the source generator. Given that the template's file name is TemplateFoo.cshtml, the generated class should be accessible as MyNamespace.Templates.TemplateFoo. To render it, you can call the RenderAsync(...) static method:

// Reference the namespace where the template is located
using MyNamespace.Templates;

// Render the template to string, with @Model set to "world"
var output = await TemplateFoo.RenderAsync("world");

// Or, alternatively, render it to the specified TextWriter
await TemplateFoo.RenderAsync(Console.Out, "world");

Note that the type of the model parameter in RenderAsync(...) is automatically inferred from the @inherits directive specified in the template. Here, since the template is derived from MiniRazor.TemplateBase<string>, the method expects a parameter of type string.

Compiling templates at runtime

⚠️ Compiling at runtime requires MiniRazor.Compiler.

If the previous approach doesn't fit your usage scenario, you can also compile templates at runtime. To do that, call Razor.Compile(...) with the template's source code:

using MiniRazor;

// Compile the template into an in-memory assembly
var template = Razor.Compile("<p>Hello, @Model.Subject!</p>");

// Render the template to string
var output = await template.RenderAsync(new MyModel { Subject = "World" });
// <p>Hello, World!</p>

Calling Razor.Compile(...) transforms the provided Razor template directly into IL code and hosts it in a generated in-memory assembly. This returns an instance of TemplateDescriptor, which can then be used to render output against a model.

By default, MiniRazor uses the default assembly load context, which means that the compiled IL code will stay in memory forever. To avoid that, you can pass a custom instance of AssemblyLoadContext that lets you control the lifetime of generated assemblies:

// Create an isolated assembly load context
var alc = new AssemblyLoadContext("MyALC", true);

// Compile the template
var template = Razor.Compile("<p>Hello, @Model.Subject!</p>", alc);

// Unload the ALC once it's no longer needed

Templating features

HTML encoding

Output rendered with Razor templates is HTML-encoded by default. If you want to print raw HTML content, for example if it's sourced from somewhere else, you can use the Raw(...) method:

    string GetHtml() => "<p>Hello world!</p>";

@GetHtml() // &lt;p&gt;Hello world!&lt;/p&gt; 
@Raw(GetHtml()) // <p>Hello world!</p>
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Contains Roslyn source generator that transpiles Razor templates into C# classes


Contains methods to transpile and compile Razor templates

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