Show GIT commit SHA in .NET applications
Many applications display their commit ID alongside the version. VS Code is one such example:
Though I've only tried this on ASP.NET sites, this should be doable in most .NET applications.
To do this we create a pre-build event that'll execute a git command and save it in a text file. We then add that generated text file as a string resource. The resource can will now be accessible from
- Right click on the web application and click on properties.
- Go to the build events tab and type the following in the Pre-build event command line:
git rev-parse HEAD --short > "$(ProjectDir)\CurrentCommit.txt"
The command can obviously be replaced by anything you see fit.
- Save and build the project. (
- A new file called
CurrentCommit.txtshould be created in the root of your project.
- Go ahead and exclude it from Source Control
- In the projects properties page, go to the Resources tab and Add Existing File
CurrentCommit.txtas a resource.
The contents of the generated file can now be accessed as: