SharpGenTools SDK Documentation¶
What is SharpGenTools¶
SharpGenTools is a code generator that generates C# for interoperation with C++ and COM libraries. It generates efficient C# code and handles all of the native marshalling. Additionally, it includes an assembly patcher to use CLR instructions not available from C# to further minimize the overhead of the generated code.
SharpGenTools makes it extremely easy for your C#-C++ interop to have “one source of truth”, the C++ header files. Since SharpGenTools generates the C# headers on build by default, it helps ensure that they stay up to date with the matching C++ header files. It also directly integrates into MSBuild, so the user has do to minimal work to integrate it into their project. Also, all of the structures and interfaces are generated as
partial structures/classes/interfaces, so you have the ability to fully customize them to your needs.
SharpGenTools vs CppSharp¶
Pros for SharpGenTools:
Configuration file based
- Does not require the user to build a driver program to generate C# code.
- Generated code extremely configurable
- Escape hatches to allow the user to manually write mappings SharpGenTools cannot handle.
Full MSBuild integration
Consumer file passthough
- Consuming projects that also generate C# code will automatically gain knowledge about type mappings and defined types from project references and directly referenced packages.
More efficient method calls on virtual methods of native instances (
Pros for CppSharp:
- More supported C++ features (operator overloading)
- Better support for custom passes, so may allow more configurability than SharpGenTools.
Check out Getting Started with SharpGenTools to get started!.
- Release Notes
- Getting Started with SharpGenTools
- Customizing your SharpGen Mapping
- Advanced Mappings
- SharpGen Mapping Relations
- SharpGenTools Config File Features
- SharpGen Naming Rules
- Making SharpGenTools Document Your Mappings
- SharpGen Native Marshalling
- SharpGen Callbacks and Shadows
- Advanced SharpGenTools Configuration Options
- Mapping Limitations