.Net Core Console DI, HttpClientFactory and Serilog

October 31, 2019    Development .Net Core .Net

.Net Core Console DI, HttpClientFactory and Serilog

I needed to create a .Net Core 3.0 console app that makes HTTP calls and log results to a text file. It took me awhile and I used a few resources, so I’m creating this article for future reference.

Andrew Luck has good details on setting up DI in a console app as usual. I keep finding his articles when searching.

I learned about logging and dependency injection from Emanuel Paul .

For Serilog Logging I visited the docs and an article about .Net Core, DI and Serilog

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Net.Http;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration;
using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;
using Serilog;

namespace MyConsoleApp
    class Program
        private static IConfigurationRoot _config;
        private static Settings _settings;

        static async Task Main(string[] args)
            _config = ConfigurationHelper.GetIConfigurationRoot();
            var serviceProvider = RegisterServices();

            // configure console logging
            var logger = serviceProvider.GetRequiredService<ILogger<Program>>();
            var myHttpClient = serviceProvider.GetService<IMyHttpClient>();

            await RunTestsAsync(myHttpClient, logger);

        private static void PopulateFromSettings()
            _settings = new Settings
                MyUrl = _config["MyUrl"]

        private static ServiceProvider RegisterServices()
            var configuration = SetupConfiguration();
            var serviceCollection = new ServiceCollection();

            var loggerConfiguration = new LoggerConfiguration()
                .WriteTo.File("TestRun.txt", outputTemplate: "{Timestamp:yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.fff zzz} [{Level:u3}] {Message:lj}{NewLine}{Exception}")
            serviceCollection.AddLogging(cfg =>

            serviceCollection.AddHttpClient<IMyHttpClient, myHttpClient>(client =>
                client.BaseAddress = new Uri(_config["MyUrl"]);
                client.Timeout = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1);
            .ConfigureHttpMessageHandlerBuilder(builder =>
                // ignore SSL issues
                builder.PrimaryHandler = new HttpClientHandler
                    ServerCertificateCustomValidationCallback = (m, c, ch, e) => true
            return serviceCollection.BuildServiceProvider();

        private static IConfiguration SetupConfiguration()
            return new ConfigurationBuilder()

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