Code Quality Rank: L2
Programming language: C#
License: MIT License
Tags: CSV     Flat     Import     Export     Delimited     Serialization     ETL     File     FileHelpers     FixedLength     Fixed     FileHelper    
Latest version: v3.4.2

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The FileHelpers are a free and easy to use .NET library to read/write data from fixed length or delimited records in files, strings or streams.

Current support for .NET Standard / .NET Core

Support for .NET Core is available through .NET Standard. Since version 3.3.0 support for .NET Standard 2.0 is available! There is a FileHelpers dll targeting .NET Standard 2.0 in the FileHelpers NuGet package.

The .NET Standard FileHelpers dll is a subset of the .NET Framework FileHelpers dll. The .NET Standard FileHelpers dll contains:

  • FileHelperEngine
  • MasterDetailEngine
  • Attributes
  • Converters
  • Events
  • ErrorManager
  • Sorting of big files

The .NET Standard FileHelpers dll currently does not contain the following features:

  • Dynamic: ClassBuilder and CsvClassBuilder. ClassBuilder is difficult to maintain and a rewrite in .NET Core / Standard as is, would require to reference three NuGet packages. There must be better ways to write record structures at runtime.
  • SmartFormatDetector: depends on ClassBuilder (Dynamic).
  • DataLink: code was very old and seemed not worth maintaining.

We do not have any plans to port the FileHelpers.ExcelNPOIStorage nor FileHelpers.ExcelStorage to .NET Core or .NET Standard.

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The FileHelpers are released under the MIT License. FileHelpers Library source and binaries are completely free for commercial and non commercial use.


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