Nethereum Code Generator

Nethereum offers a code generator which allows you to generates C# classes from the ABI and Bin output of the compilation of Solidity contracts.

The "smart contract c# service code generator" generates a generic C# service to interact with the smart contract, including Deployment, access to Functions and Events.

There are two types of code generators: a JavaScript one, which is integrated on the Visual Studio Code Solidity extension and a .Net console application

Code generation using the Visual Studio Code extension


Step 1:

In visual studio code, open the command palette with Ctrl+Shift+P. then type "solidity" and select "compile current Solidity contract". Convert Solidity code to Json

You should now see a newly generated bin folder containing three generated files.

Step 2 Single contract:

Select the Json files contained in bin, then open the command palette, type solidity and select Solidity: Code generate CSharp from compilation output "contract.json"

If you work in Vb.Net or FSharp chose those instead.

Convert Json file to CS

Step 2 Multiple contracts

Open the command palette, type solidity and select Solidity: Code generate CSharp project from all compiled files

If you work in Vb.Net or FSharp chose those instead.

If you want to adjust your namespace and project name you can do it by including a file named "nethereum-gen.settings" including:

    "projectName" : "YourProjectName"
    "namespace" : "YourNamespace"

Convert Json file to CS

Code generation using the Console application


A dot net core CLI tool which can be run in isolation or installed as a .net tool.

Source Code: []

Prerequisites: * Net Core 2.1

It currently supports a primary command called "generate" with the following sub commands:

Installing the console as a dot net tool (optional)

The example below installs Nethereum.Generator.Console as a global tool (-g) and references a local folder as a nuget package source (--add-source).

Having a tool makes it easy to call the code generator from anywhere. It is especially useful for automated builds and integration scripts.

Installing the tool

The tool will shortly be available as a package from nuget. For now, clone the source code and run dotnet pack to generate a nuget file (nupkg) locally.

dotnet tool install -g --add-source C:\dev\repos\nethereum\src\Nethereum.Generator.Console\bin\Release Nethereum.Generator.Console

Accessing the 'Help'

  -h | -? | --help  Show help information


Generates Nethereum code based based on a single abi.

Usage: generate from-abi [options]

  -cn | --contractName  The contract name (Optional)
  -abi | --abiPath      The abi file and path (Mandatory)
  -bin | --binPath      The bin file and path (Optional)
  -o | --outputPath     The output path for the generated code (Mandatory)
  -ns | --namespace     The base namespace for the generated code (Mandatory)
  -sf | --SingleFile    Generate the message definition in a single file (Optional - default is true)
  -? | -h | --help      Show help information


Create a folder and place your abi and bin files in it. Go to the folder in the command line.

Sample Compiled Solidity Files: StandardContract.abi StandardContract.bin

Invoke the generator with minimum args.

Nethereum.Generator.Console generate from-abi -abi StandardContract.abi -o . -ns Sample.Ethereum

After code generation

Folder Contents - after code generation


This command searches for abi files within a project and generates Nethereum code based on them.

Generated code has namespaces and names which are based on the abi files and project structure.

Usage: generate from-project [options]

  -p | --projectPath   The full project file path or path to the project folder (Optional - default is current directory).
  -a | --assemblyName  The output assembly name for the project (Optional - can be infered from project).
  -? | -h | --help     Show help information


The example below generates Nethereum .net code from the StandardContract.abi in a .net project folder. These instructions require .net core 2.1 to be installed.

Sample Compiled Solidity Files: StandardContract.abi StandardContract.bin

Steps: - create new folder mkdir MyStandardContractProject - navigate to folder cd MyStandardContractProject - IMPORTANT - copy and paste your abi and bin files into folder - Create a dot net class library dotnet new classLib - Add Nethereum.Web3 as a dependency dotnet add package -v 3.0.0-rc1 Nethereum.Web3 - Generate the code Nethereum.Generator.Console generate from-project - Build the code dotnet build

Folder contents - after code generation.

Folder Contents - after code generation

Config driven generation

The from-project command will reference an optional config file for greater control over code generation.

If a file called "Nethereum.Generator.json" is present in the project directory, the generator will use those settings.

Example Nethereum.Generator.json config file.


Interacting with the generated code

The code below uses the generated code to deploy a standard contract to a test chain and invoke its Transfer function. (To run the code you need to ensure you have a test chain/node running and that you provide valid account addresses and passwords)

using System;
using System.Numerics;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using MyStandardContractProject.StandardContract.CQS;
using MyStandardContractProject.StandardContract.Service;
using Nethereum.Hex.HexTypes;
using Nethereum.Web3;
using Nethereum.Web3.Accounts;
using Nethereum.Web3.Accounts.Managed;

namespace MyStandardContractProject
    public class Sample
        public async Task DeployAndCall()
            var account = new ManagedAccount("0x12890d2cce102216644c59dae5baed380d84830c", "password");
            var web3 = new Web3(account, "http://localhost:8545");

            var deployment = new StandardContractDeployment
                InitialAmount = new HexBigInteger(100),
                TokenName = "Test",
                DecimalUnits = 0,
                TokenSymbol = "T"

            var svc =
                await StandardContractService.DeployContractAndGetServiceAsync(web3, deployment);

            var receipt = await svc.TransferRequestAndWaitForReceiptAsync(new TransferFunction
                To = "0x13f022d72158410433cbd66f5dd8bf6d2d129924",
                Value = new BigInteger(1)

            if (receipt.Status.Value == 0)
                throw new Exception("Failure - status should equal 1");