SolidShineUi 1.9.6

.NET 5.0 .NET Core 3.1 .NET Framework 4.7.1
dotnet add package SolidShineUi --version 1.9.6
NuGet\Install-Package SolidShineUi -Version 1.9.6
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="SolidShineUi" Version="1.9.6" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add SolidShineUi --version 1.9.6
#r "nuget: SolidShineUi, 1.9.6"
#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 SolidShineUi as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=SolidShineUi&version=1.9.6

// Install SolidShineUi as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=SolidShineUi&version=1.9.6

SolidShineUi UI Library

This is a library containing controls and windows for WPF .NET programs. This library also contains helper classes and functions to customize the UI and provide additional functionality. I use this for all of my modern software projects, and hopefully it will be of use to you as well! This library is created and maintained by JaykeBird (Jayke R. Huempfner).

While a majority of the code and functionality was built by me, a number of controls or functions were originally created by others. Please see the credits on my website for more details (linked below).

The entire library is available under the MIT License.

View more details about this library at my website,

Use it now

The library is available on NuGet, or you can download the binaries directly from here.

Getting set up

You'll want to start with downloading the above package or getting it from NuGet. Then in your XAML or C# files, you can add a reference to SolidShineUi.

using SolidShineUi;

After that, you can start using the controls listed below!

You can use just the one control you need, or you can rebuild existing UIs or design all-new UIs with the Solid Shine UI controls. You can use these alongside the standard WPF controls with no issues or changes in their behavior.

Each window and control in Solid Shine UI includes a ColorScheme property, but if you don't want to use that, you can modify each control's appearance using the various brush properties. If you want to use the ColorScheme property to make it easy to set a consistent appearance for all these controls at once, continue to the next section.

You can use the SsuiSample app included here as an example to get started with or to see the capabilities of the library.

Documentation is available on the wiki here on GitHub.

Adding/using a ColorScheme

It's recommended that you set up a ColorScheme for your app, that all the windows and controls can access. Each window and control class in Solid Shine UI includes a ColorScheme property, which can also be used via WPF binding.

For example, the way I recommend doing so is starting with placing a static ColorScheme class in your App.xaml.cs file:

    public static ColorScheme ColorScheme { get; set; } = new ColorScheme(Colors.Green);

You can create a ColorScheme based upon any base color you want to use (such as your app's branding color), or you can use ColorScheme.CreateLightTheme() or ColorScheme.CreateDarkTheme() for more standard light or dark themes. High-contrast color schemes are also built-in. You can create a custom ColorScheme from scratch too.

Then, if you use a FlatWindow (rather than the standard WPF Window), you can set it up with the color scheme as below:

<flat:FlatWindow x:Class="MyApp.MyWindow" x:Name="window"
        Title="My Window" >
   <flat:IntegerSpinner ColorScheme="{Binding ColorScheme, ElementName=window}" MinValue="0" />
using System;
using System.Windows;
using SolidShineUi;

namespace MyApp

    public partial class MyWindow : FlatWindow
        public MyWindow()
            ColorScheme = App.ColorScheme; // <--- this sets up the color scheme for the window
        // the rest of your code-behind as normal   

Otherwise, if you want to keep using WPF's standard windows, you can either create your own ColorScheme property for the window that controls can bind to, or just simply set the controls' ColorScheme property in the backend.

Here's how to create your own ColorScheme property that you can add to a standard WPF window (then, you can bind to it just like the above code):

// in your window's .xaml.cs (code-behind) file

        /// <summary>
        /// A dependency property object backing the related ColorScheme property. See <see cref="ColorScheme"/> for more details.
        /// </summary>
        public static readonly DependencyProperty ColorSchemeProperty
            = DependencyProperty.Register("ColorScheme", typeof(ColorScheme), typeof(MyWindowClassName),
            new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(new ColorScheme()));

        /// <summary>
        /// Get or set the color scheme used for this control/window. This can be used for binding with the combined <see cref="ColorSchemeProperty"/>.
        /// </summary>
        public ColorScheme ColorScheme
            get => (ColorScheme)GetValue(ColorSchemeProperty);
            set => SetValue(ColorSchemeProperty, value);

From here, you should be on your way!

Keyboard shortcuts

To get started with keyboard shortcut support, I recommend looking at the Adding Keyboard Support file for a step-by-step process and other notes and remarks. Note that this is not a complete drop-in replacement for the InputBindings system in WPF's XAML, but its own system with different advantages.



  • FlatWindow - a basic WPF window with a flat appearance and additional functionality
  • ColorPickerDialog - a WPF dialog for selecting colors, either from swatches, using sliders, or from an image or color palette file
  • FontSelectDialog - a WPF dialog that allows the user to select a font, as well as other properties like size and style
  • MessageDialog - a MessageBox dialog in the FlatWindow/SSUI style, with additional functions and buttons (similar to the Windows TaskDialog)
  • StringInputDialog - a WPF dialog to allow users to input a string, similar to the input dialog JOptionPane from Java's Swing library


  • ClickSelectTextBox - a TextBox, that automatically selects all the text within when you click on it
  • CheckBox - a box that can be checked; it is larger than the standard WPF CheckBox and offers more customization
  • ContextMenu - a context menu with a flat style to match the rest of the library
  • EnumComboBox - a ComboBox pre-filled with the values of an enumerator
  • ExperimentalPropertyList - view and edit the properties of any WPF control or C# object (despite the name, it is now stable, it will be renamed in 2.0)
  • FileSelect - select one or more files, via the Browse button or drag-and-drop
  • FlatButton - a flat-styled button with a lot of customization options (including toggle-button functions)
  • DoubleSpinner - also known as a NumericUpDown; select a number by typing it in, clicking up or down, or entering in a math expression
  • IntegerSpinner - the same as the DoubleSpinner, but only allows integer values
  • LinkTextBlock - a TextBlock that acts as a hyperlink
  • LongSpinner - the same as the IntegerSpinner, but stores numbers as longs (for larger values)
  • Menu - a menu bar and menu with a flat, colored style
  • MenuButton - a flat-styled button that opens a menu when you click on it
  • SelectPanel - a powerful panel to easily manage a list and select items from it
  • TabControl - a flat-styled tab control, where each tab has a title, icon, and close button

Other Classes

  • ArithmeticParser - parse math expressions ("(5+4)/2") quickly and easily. Available separately as well
  • AutoCompleteBehavior - adds basic auto-complete behavior to text boxes. Available separately as well
  • BindableChild - allows you to use WPF binding for a control's Child property (such as the WPF Border control)
  • BrushFactory - easy and convenient way to create various brushes
  • ColorPaletteFileReader - load a list of colors from various color palette file formats
  • ColorScheme - a palette/scheme of colors to use throughout your UI. Generate a scheme from a single base color, or customize it piece-by-piece
  • ColorsHelper - contains various methods for interacting with colors and color spaces
  • ColorToBrushConverter - a WPF/XAML converter between a Color and a SolidColorBrush
  • ImageColorPicker - select colors from an image, used in the ColorPickerDialog
  • IKeyAction - represents an action that can occur when a keyboard shortcut is pressed (such as CommandKeyAction and RoutedEventKeyAction)
  • KeyboardShortcut - represents a single keyboard shortcut (and the action to take when it is pressed)
  • KeyboardShortcutHandler - a helper class that can be added to any WPF window to add keyboard shortcut support
  • KeyboardShortcutsIo - a helper class to load/save keyboard shortcut settings to/from a file
  • KeyRegistry - represents a list of keyboard shortcuts currently set, and the actions to take when a shortcut is pressed
  • SelectableCollection - an extension on ObservableCollection, with additional functions/properties for selecting items in the collection
  • SelectableItem - a type of SelectableUserControl; a basic but powerful control to use to display items in SelectPanel
  • SelectableUserControl - the base class from which you can create your own controls to use with a SelectPanel
  • TabItem - a tab to use with the TabControl
  • WildcardMatch - match file names/paths (or any text) using wildcard characters like * and ?. Available separately as well

Coming Soon

Version 2.0 will be coming later this year! Don't be surprised if don't see much activity on the Main branch for some periods of time, as I'll be using sub-branches to develop various features, including an upcoming Ribbon control!

View the roadmap for more details on my plans.


To build this library you will need:

  • .NET Framework developer tools (4.7.1 and 4.8)
  • latest .NET Core SDK
  • (In the future, I will be adding AvaloniaUI support, so this will become a requirement as well.)

I recommend using Visual Studio 2022 (or the latest version) for this library. When opened up, you should be able to just build and run the library without any further action needed.

Included is the SsuiSample program, which is useful for demonstrating the library and its functions. I also use this to test the library and its controls. Feel free to use SsuiSample as a basis for your implementations.


If you receive this message (SourceRoot items must include at least one top-level (not nested) item when DeterministicSourcePaths is true) when trying to debug, make sure you have Visual Studio set to the Debug configuration, and not the Release configuration (this is the drop-down to the left of the Start button, or you can access it via Build > Configuration Manager... and set the active configuration there).


This library is released under the MIT License.

For credits/attribution for when you use the library, please use one of the versions below (the first one is preferred):

Developed/compiled by Jayke R. Huempfner (JaykeBird)

Contains work by Manuel Schweigert, Pete Laker, Steve Lautenschlager, Richard Moss (Cyotek Ltd.), Warren Galyen (Mechanika Design), Yassine (Stopbyte), Hector Pulido, Sebastien Lambla, Nimgoble, and H.A. Sullivan. See website for more details.

Licensed under MIT License

Developed by Jayke R. Huempfner (JaykeBird), other contributors

Licensed under MIT License. See website for more details.

The full credits is available on the Credits page on my website.

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1.9.6 232 4/19/2023
1.9.5 279 2/11/2023
1.9.4 325 12/1/2022
1.9.3 318 11/18/2022
1.9.2 501 7/12/2022
1.9.1 500 4/5/2022
1.9.0 441 3/27/2022
1.8.4 434 2/25/2022
1.8.3 344 11/10/2021
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1.8.1 398 7/3/2021
1.8.0 442 5/30/2021
1.7.0 389 1/31/2021

Version 1.9.6
- Fix bug in SelectPanel
- Add LoadFromType to CommandKeyAction
- Set-only properties are skipped in PropertyList control

Version 1.9.5
- Add ShowIcon property, command support to FlatWindow
- Add many properties and options to PropertyList control
- Add validation check feature to StringInputDialog
- New control: LongSpinner - like an IntegerSpinner, but with longs
- Improvements to SelectableItem, IntegerSpinner/DoubleSpinner, ColorsHelper

Version 1.9.4
- Fix bugs with ColorPickerDialog, ImageBrushEditorDialog
- Minor improvements to TabControl and CheckBox
- Add FileListPadding property to FileSelect control

See website for more details!