Ultimate Guide to Call .NET Assembly from Native C/C++ Using Unmanaged Exports

I have been mentioning Unmanaged Exports in a few of my articles, which is a very basic technique allowing us to export managed methods from .NET world to native C and C++. The resulting assembly is a mixed mode DLL containing native-like export entry. You can use Unmanaged Exports Nuget Package to create such DLLs, As long as you can write the native C/C++ declaration of the functions correctly, you should be able to create export function with simple and primitive types. But I went further to write an article named Unmanaged Exports, An Ultimate Guide to Call .NET Assembly from Native C/C++ Using Unmanaged Exports, once you learn those advanced tips, you should be able to even export classes, structs.

Calling .NET from Native C++: How to receive C# event

There are a few other technologies we can use to call .NET from native C++ as shown in Introduction to Native C++ to .NET Bridge, such as C++/CLI, COM, Reverse P/Invoke, Unmanaged DllExport, but none of them are easy to implement receiving events from .NET as xInterop Native C++ to .NET Bridge is.

Let’s write a sample assembly to demonstrate how we can receive C# .NET events from .NET using native C/C++ code. The sample assembly is quite simple, it has only one class named SimpleWebClient which implements a method named DownloadStringAsync and an event named DownloadStringCompletedEventHandler, as you see, SimpleWebClient basically wraps method and even from the class of WebClient.

With Native C++ to .NET Bridge, we can easily create the native C++ bridge DLL and a testing application to test the resulting native DLL.

The following is the corresponding C++ native bridge class, EventSample::SimpleWebClient which bridges to the C# class, SimpleWebClient.


The following is the code demonstrating how we can receive the C# .NET event from native C++

I am also posting the Uri bridge class if you are interested.


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