clr-inline: Quasiquoters for inline C# and F#

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Copyright 2017 Jose Iborra
Author Jose Iborra
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**NOTE: you will need GHC >= 8.2 to use this package in Windows.

What is clr-inline

clr-inline provides a quasiquoter to inline F# and C# code in Haskell modules. It was inspired by [inline-java], [inline-c] and [inline-r], and it is implemented on top of clr-host and clr-marshal packages.


Graphical hello world using F# Winforms:

{-# LANGUAGE ScopedTypeVariables #-}
{-# LANGUAGE DataKinds #-}
{-# LANGUAGE QuasiQuotes #-}
{-# LANGUAGE TemplateHaskell #-}
module Main where

import Clr.Inline

  open System.Windows.Forms

main = do
  let text = "Hello from Haskell"
        let form = new Form(Text=$text:string)
        let button = new Button(Text="Click Me!", Dock=DockStyle.Fill)
        button.Click.Add(fun _ -> MessageBox.Show($text, "Hey!") |> ignore)


  • Inline F# / C# in Haskell.
  • Automatic unmarshalling of CLR primitive types into Haskell.
  • Reference types support including arrays and generics.
  • Refer to Haskell non-function values inside F# / C# quotations.

Getting Started

Install the clr-inline package from Hackage using your preferred package manager:

$ cabal install clr-inline
$ stack install clr-inline

By default, .Net is used in Windows and mono in other systems. This is driven by Cabal flags in the clr-host package.


clr-inline requires GHC >=8.0 for mono, and either GHC >=8.2 or a linker preprocessor for .Net.

Cabal requires that the CLR compiler is in the application path at cabal configure time. The module Clr.Inline.Cabal provides an optional Cabal user hook that can be added to a cabal Setup script to check for this automatically

The quasiquoters look for the F#/C# compiler binaries in the application path. External dependencies and additional search paths can be provided to the quasiquoter as configuration. Configuration creates a new quasiquoter; since GHC does not allow calling a quasiquoter from the same module where it is defined, the recommended practice is to configure the quasiquoters in a dedicated Config module. Example configuration for WPF dependencies:

module WpfDeps where

import Clr.Inline
import Clr.Inline.Config

wpf =
  fsharp' $
    { configDependencies =
        [ "System.Xaml"
        , "WindowsBase"
        , "PresentationCore"
        , "PresentationFramework"


Copyright (c) 2017 Jose Iborra

clr-inline is free software and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.