CsWin32 VS ClangSharp

Compare CsWin32 vs ClangSharp and see what are their differences.


A source generator to add a user-defined set of Win32 P/Invoke methods and supporting types to a C# project. (by microsoft)


Clang bindings for .NET written in C# (by dotnet)
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CsWin32 ClangSharp
23 5
1,588 808
3.3% 1.5%
0.0 0.0
16 days ago 11 days ago
C# C#
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of CsWin32. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-05-18.


Posts with mentions or reviews of ClangSharp. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-07-29.
  • The future of Clang-based tooling
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Jul 2023
    One of the most surprising things I learned about "clang" was how relatively poor the "libClang" capabilities are.

    I wanted to write a codegen tool that would auto-generate bindings for C++ code, and it turns out that "libTooling" is the only reasonable way to get access to the proper info you need from C++.

    Another alternative is "libClangSharp", from Tanner Gooding who works on C# at Microsoft.


  • Genny – Generate Nim library bindings for many languages
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 12 Sep 2021
    I've found this to be true, with the exception that a few people have taken to "augmenting" libclang with extra bindings to libTooling functions or other C++-only methods.

    Most notably is Tanner Gooding & Co's "libClangSharp" from the Microsoft "ClangSharp" project, and PathogenDavid's "Biohazrd" libraries (which again are a sort of enhanced fork based on ClangSharp):

      https://github.com/microsoft/ClangSharp  # See "/sources/libClangSharp"
  • How can I use C definitions in .NET 5?
    2 projects | /r/csharp | 5 May 2021
    If you want to go down that route, clangsharp can do this for you.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing CsWin32 and ClangSharp you can also consider the following projects:

SRWE - Simple Runtime Window Editor

Vanara - A set of .NET libraries for Windows implementing PInvoke calls to many native Windows APIs with supporting wrappers.

pinvoke - A library containing all P/Invoke code so you don't have to import it every time. Maintained and updated to support the latest Windows OS.

terrafx.interop.windows - Interop bindings for Windows.

cheat-engine - Cheat Engine. A development environment focused on modding

cppcomponents - Allows you to write binary components in C++11 that can be used across different compilers and standard libraries

CppSharp - Tools and libraries to glue C/C++ APIs to high-level languages

genny - Generate a shared library and bindings for many languages.

c2nim - c2nim is a tool to translate Ansi C code to Nim. The output is human-readable Nim code that is meant to be tweaked by hand before and after the translation process.

Borderless1942 - Allows Battlefield 1942 to be borderless

Biohazrd - A framework for automatically generating binding wrappers for C/C++ libraries

FrostMemory - Basic RPM/WPM Library I wrote.