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Getting started with web applications on Mono


I’ve started to explore mono, with a view to moving some of our web applications to Linux. Used MonoDevelop  on OSX to  spike a simple HttpHandler to return a response.  I was more interested in how the hosting and deployment story worked with mono.

This is a little list of things I discovered as I went along.

http://www.mono-project.com/ASP.NET has  list of the hosting options available.  Went with the Nginx option.  Mono comes with xsp, which is useful for local testing.

Running a simple web application

To run xsp  /usr/bin/xsp –port 9090 –root  , and the application will be available on <http://localhost:9090>


To install Nginx on OSX,  get Homebrew.  And then simply  sudo brew install nginix

Follow the instructions here http://www.mono-project.com/FastCGI_Nginx to configure Nginix to work with Mono’s FastCGI server.

On OSX, the Nginix configs can be found in /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf

This is the configuration I tried for my testing,

In /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf

   listen 80;
   server_name localhost;
   access_log /var/log/nginx/localhost_mono_access.log;
   location / {
        root /Users/hibri/Projects/WebApp/;
        index default.aspx index.html;
        fastcgi_index default.aspx;
        include /usr/local/etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;

Add the following lines to /usr/local/etc/nginx/fastcgi_params

fastcgi_param  PATH_INFO          "";
 fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME    $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;


Start Nginx.

Start the Mono FastCGI server


     /applications=localhost:/:/Users/hibri/Projects/WebApp/ /socket=tcp:

And the application is available on http://localhost

Web Frameworks

We use OpenRasta for the services I want to run on Linux. OR didn’t work out of the box. This is something I’ll be exploring in the next few days.

Tried ServiceStack too, and was able to get one our projects (https://github.com/gregsochanik/basic-servicestack-catalogue) working on Mono as is.  Nancy is next on the list.

By Hibri Marzook

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