Installing Serene with the dotnet new

This section is for users who doesn't or can't use Visual Studio (in Linux / OSX).

Serene (and StartSharp) Asp.Net Core version supports Linux and Mac OSX in addition to Windows.

We recommend Visual Studio Code for all platforms, but it is also possible to work with a basic text editor like Notepad / VIM. There are also other nice options e.g. Atom.

Install .NET SDK

Please go to the address below and follow the instructions for your specific platform:

Serenity usually depends on latest stable version of .NET SDK (6.0 as of writing), if you get an error on project creation about .NET SDK, please check the error message, and install appropriate version of .NET SDK as this document might be updated yet.

Install NodeJS

As TypeScript and esbuild run on NodeJS you need to install Node/NPM from:

or using your favorite package manager:

Install the Template Package

Note: As of Serene 6.4.4, the old serin tool is obsolete and may not work properly to create new Serene projects as we are now using dotnet new templating.

Serene.Templates is a NuGet package that contains our Serene template. Install it with dotnet new via command line:

dotnet new install Serene.Templates

If you don't have the .NET 7 SDK, you may have to type dotnet new --install Serene.Templates instead.

If you are a premium customer and want to create a StartSharp project instead, make sure you have the premium package source configured and run:

dotnet new install Serenity.Pro.Templates

The command above should install latest version of Serene.Templates (or Serenity.Pro.Templates), or update it to latest version if it is already installed.

If you want to install an older version, specify it like: dotnet new install Serene.Templates:6.4.4

See dotnet new documentation for more information:

Creating a New Project Using the Template

Create an empty folder, for instance, MyProject and cd into that folder:

~/> mkdir MyProject
~/> cd MyProject

To create a new project with the name of the current folder name type:

~/MyProject> dotnet new serene

If you wanted to specify a different name pass -n argument:

~/MyProject> dotnet new serene -n MyAnotherProject

Note that in that case the project will be created in a sub-directory named MyAnotherProject. You should cd into that folder after creating.

Use dotnet new startsharp to create a StartSharp based project

Change directory to MyProject.Web folder, run npm install to install packages, followed by dotnet build and dotnet run to try the project:

~/MyProject/MyProject.Web> npm i
~/MyProject/MyProject.Web> dotnet build
~/MyProject/MyProject.Web> dotnet run

info: Microsoft.Hosting.Lifetime[14]
      Now listening on: http://localhost:5000

Note that dotnet new won't create a solution file. If you open this project in Visual Studio we recommend naming the solution MyProject and saving the solution file in the root folder as MyProject/MyProject.sln, not MyProject.Web/MyProject.Web.sln.

Now open a browser and navigate to http://localhost:5000.

Actual port may vary. You'll see it on console after executing dotnet run.

Excluding Modules / Features During Project Creation

dotnet new command for serene and startsharp supports arguments that lets you specify which modules to enable/disable.

Type dotnet new serene --help or dotnet new startsharp --help to see the arguments and their possible values.

For example, to exclude demo modules like Northwind, Basic Samples, etc. you can type:

~/MyProject> dotnet new serene -E

To exclude demo modules and to only include DataAuditLog and OpenIddict instead of the all pro modules in StartSharp:

~/MyProject> dotnet new startsharp -E -P DataAuditLog -P OpenIddict