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PostSharp Components

Visual Studio Tools for Metalama and PostSharp

This is the user interface of PostSharp. It extends the Visual Studio editor and provides a new menu, option pages, toolbox windows, diagnostics, code actions, and debugging enhancements.

For details regarding the installation of this component, see Installing Visual Studio Tools for Metalama and PostSharp and Installing PostSharp Unattended.

NuGet packages

All build-time and run-time artifacts are released as NuGet packages. Build-time packages are required to build your projects, but only the content of run-time packages is required to execute your applications.

If you build NuGet packages that use PostSharp but does not define custom aspects, your package should only reference the relevant PostSharp run-time packages, not the build-time ones.


The PostSharp License Agreement refers to run-time packages as redistributables. The license agreement allows for royalty-free redistribution of run-time packages, but stricter conditions apply to the redistribution of build-time packages.

The following table lists all PostSharp packages:

Run-time package Build-time package Description
PostSharp.Redist PostSharp PostSharp Framework. The build-time package includes the PostSharp compiler.
PostSharp.Patterns.Common.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.Common Common logic shared between pattern libraries. Code contracts.
PostSharp.Patterns.Aggregation.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.Aggregation Aggretable and Disposable aspects.
PostSharp.Patterns.Model.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.Model NotifyPropertyChanged aspect and Undo/Redo.
PostSharp.Patterns.XAML.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.XAML Command, Dependency Property and Attached Property aspects. WPF controls for undo/redo.
PostSharp.Patterns.Threading.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.Threading Threading models, thread dispatching aspects, deadlock detection.
PostSharp.Patterns.Caching.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.Caching Caching aspect.
PostSharp.Patterns.Caching.Redis N/A Redis connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Caching.
PostSharp.Patterns.Caching.Azure N/A Azure connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Caching.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.Redist PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics Logging aspect.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.ApplicationInsights N/A Application Insights connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.CommonLogging N/A Common.Logging connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.Log4Net N/A Log4Net connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.Microsoft N/A Microsoft.Extensions.Logging connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.NLog N/A NLog connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.Serilog N/A Serilog connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.Tracing N/A System.Diagnostics connector for PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.Configuration N/A Configuration of verbosity from a remote or local XML file.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.DiagnosticSource N/A Collects events from DiagnosticSource.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.HttpClient N/A Collects events from HttpClient.
PostSharp.Patterns.Diagnostics.AspNetCore N/A Collects events from ASP.NET Core and ASP.NET 5.

See Also

Other Resources

Deploying PostSharp to End-User Devices