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WebAssembly for .NET

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A library able to create, read, modify, write and execute WebAssembly (WASM) files from .NET-based applications. Execution does not use an interpreter or a 3rd party library: WASM instructions are mapped to their .NET equivalents and converted to native machine language by the .NET JIT compiler.

Available on NuGet at https://www.nuget.org/packages/WebAssembly .

Getting Started

  • Use the
    WebAssembly.Module
    class to create, read, modify, and write WebAssembly (WASM) binary files.
    • Module.ReadFromBinary
      reads a stream into an instance, which can then be inspected and modified through its properties.
    • WriteToBinary
      on a module instance writes binary WASM to the provided stream.
    • There are no known issues with this functionality and the API is stable.
  • Use the
    WebAssembly.Runtime.Compile
    class to execute WebAssembly (WASM) binary files using the .NET JIT compiler.
    • This feature doesn't have 100% spec compliance so it may not work with every WASM you provide.

Please report an issue if you encounter an assembly that works in browsers but not with this library.

Sample: Create and execute a WebAssembly file in memory

using System;
using WebAssembly; // Acquire from https://www.nuget.org/packages/WebAssembly
using WebAssembly.Instructions;
using WebAssembly.Runtime;

// We need this later to call the code we're generating. public abstract class Sample { // Sometimes you can use C# dynamic instead of building an abstract class like this. public abstract int Demo(int value); }

static class Program { static void Main() { // Module can be used to create, read, modify, and write WebAssembly files. var module = new Module(); // In this case, we're creating a new one.

    // Types are function signatures: the list of parameters and returns.
    module.Types.Add(new WebAssemblyType // The first added type gets index 0.
    {
        Parameters = new[]
        {
            WebAssemblyValueType.Int32, // This sample takes a single Int32 as input.
            // Complex types can be passed by sending them in pieces.
        },
        Returns = new[]
        {
            // Multiple returns are supported by the binary format.
            // Standard currently allows a count of 0 or 1, though.
            WebAssemblyValueType.Int32,
        },
    });
    // Types can be re-used for multiple functions to reduce WASM size.

    // The function list associates a function index to a type index.
    module.Functions.Add(new Function // The first added function gets index 0.
    {
        Type = 0, // The index for the "type" value added above.
    });

    // Code must be passed in the exact same order as the Functions above.
    module.Codes.Add(new FunctionBody
    {
        Code = new Instruction[]
        {
            new LocalGet(0), // The parameters are the first locals, in order.
            // We defined the first parameter as Int32, so now an Int32 is at the top of the stack.
            new Int32CountOneBits(), // Returns the count of binary bits set to 1.
            // It takes the Int32 from the top of the stack, and pushes the return value.
            // So, in the end, there is still a single Int32 on the stack.
            new End(), // All functions must end with "End".
            // The final "End" also delivers the returned value.
        },
    });

    // Exports enable features to be accessed by external code.
    // Typically this means JavaScript, but this library adds .NET execution capability, too.
    module.Exports.Add(new Export
    {
        Kind = ExternalKind.Function,
        Index = 0, // This should match the function index from above.
        Name = "Demo", // Anything legal in Unicode is legal in an export name.
    });

    // We now have enough for a usable WASM file, which we could save with module.WriteToBinary().
    // Below, we show how the Compile feature can be used for .NET-based execution.
    // For stream-based compilation, WebAssembly.Compile should be used.
    var instanceCreator = module.Compile<sample>();

    // Instances should be wrapped in a "using" block for automatic disposal.
    // This sample doesn't import anything, so we pass an empty import dictionary.
    using (var instance = instanceCreator(new ImportDictionary()))
    {
        // FYI, instanceCreator can be used multiple times to create independent instances.
        Console.WriteLine(instance.Exports.Demo(0)); // Binary 0, result 0
        Console.WriteLine(instance.Exports.Demo(1)); // Binary 1, result 1,
        Console.WriteLine(instance.Exports.Demo(42));  // Binary 101010, result 3
    } // Automatically release the WebAssembly instance here.
}

}

Current Development Objectives

Informational; there is no timelime for completion of these items.

  • Improve official specification compliance, using Google Chrome as the reference for correct behavior.
  • Improve exceptions thrown from problems found during compilation or execution.
  • Provide a mechanism to replace the
    System.Reflection.Emit.AssemblyBuilder
    -affiliated methods with replacements so that something like Mono.Cecil can be used to produce a DLL.
  • If https://github.com/dotnet/corefx/issues/4491 is fixed, use it to enable saving DLLs.
  • Remove the compiler's Data section segment size limit of 4128768 bytes.
  • Add support for new WebAssembly features as they become standardized.

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