Even these days, I still spend too much time on the command line. My friends still make fun of my MacOS desktop when they see that I run a full screen terminal, and the main program that I am running there is the Midnight Commander:
Every once in a while I write an interactive application, and I want to have full bash-like command line editing, history and search. The Unix world used to have GNU readline as a C library, but I wanted something that worked on both Unix and Windows with minimal dependencies.
Almost 10 years ago I wrote myself a C# library to do this, it works on both Unix and Windows and it was the library that has been used by Mono's interactive C# shell for the last decade or so.
This library used to be called
The idea of distributing libraries that were made up of a single source file did not really catch on. So we have modernized our own ways and now we publish these single-file libraries as NuGet packages that you can use.
You can now add an interactive command line shell with NuGet by installing the Mono.Terminal NuGet package into your application.
We also moved the single library from being part of the gigantic Mono repository into its own repository.
The GitHub page has more information on the key bindings available, how to use the history and how to add code-completion (even including a cute popup).
The library is built entirely on top of
System.Console, and is
distributed as a .NET Standard library which can run on your choice of
.NET runtime (.NET Core, .NET Desktop or Mono).
Check the GitHub project page for more information.
Posted on 12 Jan 2018