AutoConstructor 5.2.0

dotnet add package AutoConstructor --version 5.2.0
NuGet\Install-Package AutoConstructor -Version 5.2.0
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="AutoConstructor" Version="5.2.0">
  <IncludeAssets>runtime; build; native; contentfiles; analyzers</IncludeAssets>
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add AutoConstructor --version 5.2.0
#r "nuget: AutoConstructor, 5.2.0"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install AutoConstructor as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=AutoConstructor&version=5.2.0

// Install AutoConstructor as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=AutoConstructor&version=5.2.0


NuGet GitHub release GitHub license ci.yml

C# source generator that generates a constructor from readonly fields/properties in a class or struct.


  • Grab the latest package on NuGet.


Version Visual Studio .NET SDK
⇐1.3.0 16.10+ 5.0.300+
>=2.0.0 17.0+ 6.0.100+
>=5.0.0 17.6+ 7.0.302+

Basic usage

The following code:

public partial class MyClass
    private readonly MyDbContext _context;
    private readonly IHttpClientFactory _clientFactory;
    private readonly IService _service;

    [AutoConstructorInject("options?.Value", "options", typeof(IOptions<ApplicationOptions>))]
    private readonly ApplicationOptions _options;

will generate:

partial class MyClass
    public MyClass(
        MyApp.MyDbContext context,
        System.Net.Http.IHttpClientFactory clientFactory,
        MyApp.IService service,
        Microsoft.Extensions.Options.IOptions<MyApp.ApplicationOptions> options)
        this._context = context;
        this._clientFactory = clientFactory;
        this._service = service;
        this._options = options?.Value;

A sample containing more cases is available at the end of this README.

How to use

For any class where the generator will be used:

  • Mark the class or struct as partial
  • Use AutoConstructorAttribute on the class or struct

By default, all readonly non-static fields without initialization will be used. They will be injected with the same name without any leading _.

Fields marked with AutoConstructorIgnoreAttribute will be ignored.

Use AutoConstructorInjectAttribute to customize the behavior, usually when the injected parameter and the fields do not have the same type. It takes three optional parameters:

  • initializer: a string that will be used to initialize the field (by example myService.GetData()), default to the parameterName if null or empty.
  • parameterName: the name of the parameter to used in the constructor (by example myService), default to the field name trimmed if null or empty.
  • injectedType: the type of the parameter to used in the constructor (by example IMyService), default to the field type if null.

If no parameters are provided, the behavior will be the same as without the attribute. Using the attribute on a field that would not be injected otherwise won't make the field injectable.

When using AutoConstructorInjectAttribute, the parameter name can be shared across multiple fields, and even use a parameter from another field not annotated with AutoConstructorInjectAttribute, but type must match.

Constructor accessibility

Constructor accessibility can be changed using the optionnal parameter accessibility on AutoConstructorAttribute (like [AutoConstructor("internal")]). The default is public and it can be set to one of the following values:

  • public
  • private
  • protected
  • internal
  • protected internal
  • private protected

Initializer method

It is possible to add a method call at the end of the constructor. To do this, the attribute AutoConstructorInitializer can be added to a parameterless method that returns void. This will generate a call to the method at the end.

internal partial class Test
    private readonly int _t;

    public void Initializer()

will generate

public Test(int t)
    this._t = t;


Properties injection

Get-only properties (public int Property { get; }) are injected by the generator by default. Non get-only properties (public int Property { get; set;}) are injected only if marked with ([field: AutoConstructorInject]) attributte. The behavior of the injection can be modified using auto-implemented property field-targeted attributes on its backing field. The following code show an injected get-only property with a custom injecter:

[field: AutoConstructorInject(initializer: "injected.ToString()", injectedType: typeof(int), parameterName: "injected")]
public int Property { get; }

⚠️ The compiler support for auto-implemented property field-targeted attributes is not perfect (as described in the link above), and Roslyn analyzers are not running on backings fields so some warnings may not be reported.


Generating ArgumentNullException

By default, null checks with ArgumentNullException are not generated when needed. To enable this behavior, set AutoConstructor_DisableNullChecking to false in the project file:


Generating XML documentation comment

By default, no XML documentation comment will be generated for the constructor. To enable this behavior, set AutoConstructor_GenerateConstructorDocumentation to true in the project file:


This will generate a default comment like this one, with each parameter reusing the corresponding field summary if available, and the parameter name otherwise:

/// <summary>
/// Initializes a new instance of the Test class.
/// </summary>
/// <param name=""t1"">Some field.</param>
/// <param name=""t2"">t2</param>

By using the AutoConstructor_ConstructorDocumentationComment property, you can configure the comment message:

<AutoConstructor_ConstructorDocumentationComment>Some comment for the {0} class.</AutoConstructor_ConstructorDocumentationComment>

This will generate the following code:

/// <summary>
/// Some comment for the Test class.
/// </summary>
/// <param name=""t1"">Some field.</param>
/// <param name=""t2"">t2</param>

Samples describing some cases

Sample for fields

The following code

partial class Test
    private readonly string _name;

    // Won't be injected
    private readonly Uri _uri = new Uri("/non-modified", UriKind.Relative);

    // Won't be injected
    private readonly DateTime _dateNotTaken;

    // Won't be injected because not readonly. Attribute would be taken into account if this were a property, not a field.
    private int  _stuff;

    // Won't be injected
    private int? _toto;

    // Support for nullables
    private readonly DateTime? _date;

    // Support for generics
    private readonly List<DateTime> _items;

    // Inject with custom initializer
    [AutoConstructorInject("guid.ToString()", "guid", typeof(Guid))]
    private readonly string _guidString;

    // Use existing parameter defined with AutoConstructorInject
    [AutoConstructorInject("guid.ToString().Length", "guid", typeof(Guid))]
    private readonly int _guidLength;

    // Use existing parameter from a basic injection
    [AutoConstructorInject("name.ToUpper()", "name", typeof(string))]
    private readonly string _nameShared;

will generate

public Test(string name, System.DateTime? date, System.Collections.Generic.List<System.DateTime> items, System.Guid guid)
    this._name = name ?? throw new System.ArgumentNullException(nameof(name));
    this._date = date ?? throw new System.ArgumentNullException(nameof(date));
    this._items = items ?? throw new System.ArgumentNullException(nameof(items));
    this._guidString = guid.ToString() ?? throw new System.ArgumentNullException(nameof(guid));
    this._guidLength = guid.ToString().Length;
    this._nameShared = name.ToUpper() ?? throw new System.ArgumentNullException(nameof(name));

Sample for get-only properties

The following code

public partial class Test
    [field: AutoConstructorInject]
    public int Injected { get; }

    public int AlsoInjectedEvenWhenMissingAttribute { get; }

    /// <summary>
    /// Some property.
    /// </summary>
    [field: AutoConstructorInject]
    public int InjectedWithDocumentation { get; }

    [field: AutoConstructorInject]
    public int InjectedBecauseExplicitInjection { get; set; }

    [field: AutoConstructorInject]
    public static int NotInjectedBecauseStatic { get; }

    [field: AutoConstructorInject]
    public int NotInjectedBecauseInitialized { get; } = 2;

    [field: AutoConstructorIgnore]
    public int NotInjectedBecauseHasIgnoreAttribute { get; }

    [field: AutoConstructorInject(initializer: ""injected.ToString()"", injectedType: typeof(int), parameterName: ""injected"")]
    public string InjectedWithoutCreatingAParam { get; }

will generate

 partial class Test
        /// <summary>
        /// Initializes a new instance of the Test class.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name=""injected"">injected</param>
        /// <param name=""injectedWithDocumentation"">Some property.</param>
        /// <param name=""injectedBecauseExplicitInjection"">injectedBecauseExplicitInjection</param>
        /// <param name=""alsoInjectedEvenWhenMissingAttribute"">alsoInjectedEvenWhenMissingAttribute</param>
        public Test(int injected, int injectedWithDocumentation, int injectedBecauseExplicitInjection, int alsoInjectedEvenWhenMissingAttribute)
            this.Injected = injected;
            this.InjectedWithDocumentation = injectedWithDocumentation;
            this.InjectedBecauseExplicitInjection = injectedBecauseExplicitInjection;
            this.AlsoInjectedEvenWhenMissingAttribute = alsoInjectedEvenWhenMissingAttribute;
            this.InjectedWithoutCreatingAParam = injected.ToString() ?? throw new System.ArgumentNullException(nameof(injected));



The AutoConstructor attribute is used on a class that is not partial.


The AutoConstructor attribute is used on a class without fields to inject.


The AutoConstructorIgnore attribute is used on a field that won't already be processed.


The AutoConstructorInject attribute is used on a field that won't already be processed.


The AutoConstructorIgnore or AutoConstructorInject are used on a class without the AutoConstructor attribute.


A type specified in AutoConstructorInject attribute does not match the type of another parameter with the same name.

In the following sample, both fields will be injected with guid as parameter name, but one of type string and the other of type Guid, preventing the generator from running.

public partial class Test
    [AutoConstructorInject("guid.ToString()", "guid", typeof(Guid))]
    private readonly string _guid2;
    private readonly string _guid;


The accessibility defined in the AutoConstructor attribute is not an allowed value.


AutoConstructorInitializer attribute used on multiple methods.


AutoConstructorInitializer attribute used on a method not returning void.


AutoConstructorInitializer attribute used on a method with parameters.

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