Building a C#, F#, or Visual Basic Project
What this guide covers
Community Supported Language
C#, F#, and Visual Basic support is community-supported in Travis CI. If you run into any problems, please report them in the Travis CI issue tracker and cc @joshua-anderson, @akoeplinger and @nterry.
Currently, Travis builds your C#, F#, and Visual Basic project with the either the Mono or the .NET Core runtimes on Linux or OS X. Note that these runtimes do not implement the entire .NET framework, so Windows .NET framework programs may not be fully compatible and require porting.
The setup for C#, F#, and Visual Basic projects looks like this:
language: csharp solution: solution-name.sln
When the optional
solution key is present, Travis will run NuGet package restore and build the given solution. You can also specify your own scripts, as shown in the next section.
By default Travis will run
msbuild /p:Configuration=Release solution-name.sln. MSBuild is a free and open-source build tool set for managed code as well as native C++ code and was part of .NET Framework.
To override this, you can set the
script key like this:
language: csharp solution: solution-name.sln script: # the following commands are just examples, use whatever your build process requires - ./build.sh - ./test.sh - grep "Test Results" build.log
By default, Travis will run
nuget restore solution-name.sln in the
install step, which restores all NuGet packages from your solution file.
To override this (e.g. if you want to install additional packages), you can set the
install attribute like this:
language: csharp solution: solution-name.sln install: - sudo apt-get install -y gtk-sharp2 - nuget restore solution-name.sln
Choosing runtime and version to test against
By default Travis CI will use the latest Mono release. It is also possible to test projects against specific versions of Mono. To do so, specify the version using the
mono key in
.travis.yml. For example, to test against latest, 3.12.0 and 3.10.0:
language: csharp mono: - latest - 3.12.0 - 3.10.0 ...
You can choose from the following Mono versions:
|Version||Installed Packages (Linux only, OS X always includes everything)|
|3.10.0 and later||mono-complete, mono-vbnc, fsharp, nuget, referenceassemblies-pcl|
|3.8.0||mono-complete, mono-vbnc, fsharp, nuget|
|3.2.8||mono-complete, mono-vbnc, fsharp|
|none||disables Mono (use this if you only want .NET Core, see below)|
Note: even if you specify e.g. 3.12.0 the version used by your build may actually be 3.12.1 depending on what the latest version in the 3.12.x series is (it’s a limitation of the Xamarin repositories right now).
Alpha, Beta, and Weekly Channel: To install and test against upcoming Mono versions specify
weekly as the version number. Please report bugs you encounter on these channels to the Mono project so they can be fixed before release.
By default, Travis CI does not test against .NET Core. To test against .NET Core, add the following to your
.travis.yml. Note that at least one
<command> is required in order to build. Using
dotnet restore is a good default.
language: csharp mono: none dotnet: 1.1.5 script: - dotnet restore ...
Note: you need to specify the version number of the .NET Core SDK (not the .NET Core Runtime).
The version numbers of the SDK can be found on the .NET Core website.
Testing Against Mono and .NET Core
You can test against both Mono and .NET Core by using
matrix.include. This example tests against both the latest mono and .NET Core
language: csharp solution: travis-mono-test.sln matrix: include: - dotnet: 1.1.5 mono: none env: DOTNETCORE=1 # optional, can be used to take different code paths in your script - mono: latest ...
For C#, F#, and Visual Basic projects,
dotnet can be given as an array to construct a build matrix.
The Coverity Scan addon is not supported because it only works with msbuild on Windows right now.
Running unit tests (NUnit, xunit, etc.)
To run your unit test suite, you’ll need to install a test runner first. The recommended approach is to install it from NuGet, as this also works on the container-based Travis infrastructure (i.e. it doesn’t need
The following examples show how you’d override
script to install a test runner and pass your test assemblies to it for running the tests.
language: csharp solution: solution-name.sln install: - nuget restore solution-name.sln - nuget install NUnit.Runners -Version 2.6.4 -OutputDirectory testrunner script: - xbuild /p:Configuration=Release solution-name.sln - mono ./testrunner/NUnit.Runners.2.6.4/tools/nunit-console.exe ./MyProject.Tests/bin/Release/MyProject.Tests.dll
language: csharp solution: solution-name.sln install: - nuget restore solution-name.sln - nuget install xunit.runners -Version 1.9.2 -OutputDirectory testrunner script: - xbuild /p:Configuration=Release solution-name.sln - mono ./testrunner/xunit.runners.1.9.2/tools/xunit.console.clr4.exe ./MyProject.Tests/bin/Release/MyProject.Tests.dll
Note: There’s a bug in Mono that makes xunit 2.0 hang after test execution, we recommended you stick with 1.9.2 until it is fixed.
Using solution-level NuGet package
Another way is to add the console testrunner of your choice as a solution-level nuget package.
For many .NET projects this will be the file found at
nuget restore solution-name.sln will then install that package as well.
language: csharp solution: solution-name.sln script: - xbuild /p:Configuration=Release solution-name.sln - mono ./packages/xunit.runners.*/tools/xunit.console.clr4.exe ./MyProject.Tests/bin/Release/MyProject.Tests.dll
Notice the use of filename expansion (the
*) in order to avoid having to hard code the version of the test runner.
Other test frameworks
If you’re using other test frameworks the process is similar. Please note that the MSTest framework is not supported, as it only works on Windows/Visual Studio.