Adding a Module to an ABP project made simple

As you can read in the ABP Framework documentation about Modularity, the ABP Framework was designed to support to build fully modular applications.

Today I will show you how to create and integrate your own module, in this case a simple PdfGenerator, into an ABP Framework application.

Source code

The source code of both projects is available on GitHub


The following tools are needed to be able to run the solution and follow along.

  • .NET 8.0 SDK
  • VsCode, Visual Studio 2022 or another compatible IDE
  • ABP CLI 8.0.0

Create a new ABP Framework application

    abp new BookStore -u blazor -o BookStore
  • Run the DbMigrator project to apply the database migrations
  • Start both the HttpApi.Host project and Blazor project
  • Stop both the HttpApi.Host project and Blazor project

Create a PdfGenerator ABP Module

Add a modules folder to the root of the project

Open a command prompt in the modules folder of the project and add a new class library

    dotnet new classlib -n PdfGenerator

Add PdfGenerator project to solution

Go to the root of your ABP project and run the command below:

    dotnet sln add modules\PdfGenerator\PdfGenerator.csproj

Install Nuget packages

Open a command prompt in the root of the PdfGenerator class library and install the Nuget packages below.

    abp add-package Volo.Abp.Core
    dotnet add package PdfSharpCore

Add a PdfGeneratorSettings section to the appsettings.json file in hte HttpApi.Host project

  "PdfGeneratorSettings": {
        "UserName": "your-username",
        "EmailAddress": "your-username@hotmail.com"

Add a PdfGeneratorSettingsOptions class to the PdfGenerator class library project

namespace PdfGenerator
    public class PdfGeneratorSettingsOptions
        public string? UserName { get; set; }
        public string? EmailAddress { get; set; }

Add a MyPdfGeneratorModule class to the PdfGenerator class library project

using Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection;
using Volo.Abp.Modularity;

namespace PdfGenerator
    public class MyPdfGeneratorModule :  AbpModule
        public override void ConfigureServices(ServiceConfigurationContext context)
            var configuration = context.Services.GetConfiguration();
            context.Services.AddTransient<IPdfGeneratorService, PdfGeneratorService>();

Add an IPdfGeneratorService interface and a PdfGeneratorService class to the PdfGenerator class library project

using Microsoft.Extensions.Options;
using PdfSharpCore.Drawing;
using PdfSharpCore.Fonts;
using PdfSharpCore.Pdf;
using PdfSharpCore.Utils;

namespace PdfGenerator
    public interface IPdfGeneratorService
        Task<byte[]> Generate();

    public class PdfGeneratorService(IOptions<PdfGeneratorSettingsOptions> options) : IPdfGeneratorService
        private readonly PdfGeneratorSettingsOptions _options = options.Value;

        public async Task<byte[]> Generate()
            if (GlobalFontSettings.FontResolver is not FontResolver)
                GlobalFontSettings.FontResolver = new FontResolver();

            var document = new PdfDocument();
            var page = document.AddPage();

            var gfx = XGraphics.FromPdfPage(page);
            var font = new XFont("Arial", 20, XFontStyle.Bold);

            var textColor = XBrushes.Black;
            var layout = new XRect(20, 20, page.Width, page.Height);
            var format = XStringFormats.Center;

            gfx.DrawString($"Pdf created by {_options.UserName}!", font, textColor, layout, format);

            byte[] fileContents;
            using (var stream = new MemoryStream())
                document.Save(stream, true);
                fileContents = stream.ToArray();
            return await Task.FromResult(fileContents);

Add a project reference to the PdfGeneratorModule class library project in the Application project

Open a command prompt in the root of the Application project

   dotnet add reference ../../modules/PdfGenerator/PdfGenerator.csproj

Attribute DependsOn in the BookStoreApplicationModule class in the Application project

Add a typeof(MyPdfGeneratorModule) entry in the DependsOnAttribute


Add A IExportPdfAppService interface the Application.Contracts project

using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Volo.Abp.Application.Services;

namespace BookStore.Application.Contracts
    public interface IExportPdfAppService : IApplicationService
        Task<byte[]> GeneratePdf();

Add A ExportPdfAppService class to test the Application project

using System.Threading.Tasks;
@using BookStore.Application.Contracts;
using PdfGenerator;
using Volo.Abp.Application.Services;

namespace BookStore
    public class ExportPdfAppService(IPdfGeneratorService pdfGeneratorService) : ApplicationService, IExportPdfAppService
        private readonly IPdfGeneratorService _pdfService = pdfGeneratorService;
        public async Task<byte[]> GeneratePdf() => await _pdfService.Generate();

add a exporttopdf.js file to the wwwroot/js folder of the Blazor project

function saveAsFile(filename, bytesBase64) {
    var link = document.createElement('a');
    link.download = filename;
    link.href = 'data:application/octet-stream;base64,' + bytesBase64;
    document.body.appendChild(link); // Needed for Firefox

add a reference to exporttopdf.js in the index.html file in the Blazor project

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <!-- other code here ... -->
    <script src="js/exporttopdf.js"></script>

Replace contents from Index.razor page in the Blazor project

@page "/"
@using BookStore.Application.Contracts;
@using Microsoft.JSInterop
@inject IExportPdfAppService ExportPdfAppService
@inject IJSRuntime JsRuntime

<Row Class="d-flex px-0 mx-0 mb-1">
    <Button Clicked="@(ExportPdf)" class="p-0 ml-auto mr-2" style="background-color: transparent"
        <span class="fa fa-file-pdf fa-lg m-0" style="color: #008000; background-color: white;"
        Generate Pdf!

@code {
    private async Task ExportPdf()
        var pdfBytes = await ExportPdfAppService.GeneratePdf();
        await JsRuntime.InvokeVoidAsync("saveAsFile", $"test_{DateTime.Now.ToString("yyyyMMdd_HHmmss")}.pdf",

Test the PdfGenerator module

Start both the Blazor and the HttpApi.Host project to run the application
and test out the PdfGenerator module you just created.

Get the source code on GitHub.

Enjoy and have fun!

JS c 13 weeks ago

I need technical and vendor contact information

Sajankumar Vijayan 13 weeks ago

Nice one.

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