Get Started

Install the templates

To install the templates for Fabulous for Avalonia, run the following command:

dotnet new install Fabulous.Avalonia.Templates

You can check the installed templates on your machine by running the command:

dotnet new list

You should see the installed Fabulous for Avalonia templates:

Template Name            Short Name         Language  Tags             
-----------------------  -----------------  --------  -----------------
Fabulous Avalonia Blank  fabulous-avalonia  F#        Fabulous/Avalonia
Fabulous Avalonia Multi  fabulous-avalonia-multi F#.  Fabulous/Avalonia

Create a single project

To get started, we are going to use the simplest Fabulous for Avalonia template: Fabulous Avalonia Blank (or fabulous-avalonia in the CLI).

Run the command:

dotnet new fabulous-avalonia -n GetStartedApp

This will create a new folder called GetStartedApp containing the new project.

In this folder, you'll find a project named GetStartedApp. This project uses the single project format to target several platforms from a single codebase.

Note: Browser target is not supported in the single project template

Create a multi project

To get started, we are going to use the multi project template: Fabulous Avalonia Multi (or fabulous-avalonia-multi in the CLI).

Run the command:

dotnet new fabulous-avalonia-multi -n GetStartedApp

This will create a set of folders called GetStartedApp containing the supported platform targets.

See the official Avalonia documentation for more information on the supported platforms.

Run a project

We are now ready to run the project!

Go into the GetStartedApp directory and run:

# run the Desktop app
dotnet run -f net8.0

You can also open the solution GetStartedApp.sln with your favorite IDE and select the platform you want, then press debug to deploy and run the app.

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