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How to generate module API C# client using AutoRest

This document describes how to setup the environment, build and update an API C# client for Virto Commerce platform module.

Preparing building environment and AutoRest

The next steps are required only if you're building the API client for the first time.

  • Open the C# project where the API client is needed using Visual Studio.
  • Install AutoRest package using nuget. Note: AutoRest ver. 0.17.0 or higher is required, as some critical fixes were applied only on August 18th, 2016. Get a nightly build as described in autorest README, if ver. 0.17.0 would be still unreleased on nuget.
  • Restart Visual Studio. (This enables AutoRest environment to be loaded correctly).

As a result you will have the environment ready to build the API client.

Generating API client

  • Get the latest API source code (module).
  • Rebuild the module in order to update API.
  • Open the project where the API client is needed.
  • Open Package Manager Console (Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Package Manager Console). Generate required API clients using AutoRest.exe tool. Example of command generating VirtoCommerce Catalog module API client in Storefront SDK:
AutoRest.exe -Input http://localhost/admin/docs/VirtoCommerce.Catalog/v1 -OutputFileName CatalogModuleApi.cs -Namespace VirtoCommerce.Storefront.AutoRestClients.CatalogModuleApi -ClientName CatalogModuleApiClient -OutputDirectory VirtoCommerce.Storefront\AutoRestClients -AddCredentials true -UseDateTimeOffset false
  • Include the generated *.cs file to the project (Ensure that “Show All Files” option is activated to be able to locate the file): Show all files for Client project
  • Build the solution.

Updating API client

API client update involves the same steps as listed in the previous chapter, just without the need to include the generated files to project.


Last update: June 18, 2020