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.NET 7 Minimal APIs Series - An Introduction

Introduction to .NET 7 Minimal APIs

The release of .NET 6 brought about several exciting features and improvements, and one of the most exciting additions is the Minimal API. Minimal APIs make it easier than ever to create lightweight and efficient web applications in .NET. With its immense usefulness, I have started this .net 7 minimal API series and this is the first part of it.

In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what Minimal APIs are and how you can get started with them.

What are Minimal APIs?

Minimal APIs are a new way to build web applications using .NET. They are designed to be simple, lightweight, and highly productive. With Minimal APIs, you can create web endpoints with minimal code, making it an ideal choice for small to medium-sized projects, microservices, or scenarios where a traditional MVC framework might be overkill. There main advantages are :

Reduced Boilerplate Code: 

Minimal APIs eliminate much of the boilerplate code required in traditional ASP.NET web applications, resulting in cleaner and more concise code.


Minimal APIs are designed to be lightweight, which means your applications have lower memory and startup time overhead.

Improved Performance: 

The reduced complexity often leads to improved performance, making Minimal APIs a great choice for high-performance applications.

Ease of Use: 

They are easy to understand, especially for developers who are new to .NET or web development. You can quickly get started and build your API with just a few lines of code.

Integration with Existing Code:

You can seamlessly integrate Minimal APIs into existing .NET projects, making them a versatile choice for a wide range of scenarios.
Getting Started with Minimal APIs

To get started with Minimal APIs, you'll need .NET 6 SDK and Visual Studio 2022 or your preferred code editor. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating a simple Minimal API:

Step 1: Create a New .NET 7 Project

You can create a new project using the following command:

dotnet new web -n MyMinimalApi
Or alternatively, open Visual Studio 2022, and select the Asp.Net Web API project from Microsoft from the templates list.

And once selected, in the next step, keep the "Use controllers" checkbox unchecked.

Step 2: Define Endpoints

In your Program.cs file, you'll define your endpoints using C# 10's new top-level statements. For example, a simple "Hello, World!" endpoint might look like this:

var builder = WebApplication.CreateBuilder(args); 
var app = builder.Build(); 
 app.MapGet("/", () => "Hello, World!"); 

Step 3: Run Your Application

You can run your application with the following command:

dotnet run
Your Minimal API is now up and running! You can access it by navigating to http://localhost:5000 in your web browser.


.NET Minimal APIs offer a straightforward and efficient way to build web applications in .NET. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, Minimal APIs can simplify your development process, improve performance, and reduce boilerplate code. They are a powerful addition to the .NET ecosystem, and you should consider using them for your next project.

This introduction should provide you with a solid foundation to start exploring and working with Minimal APIs. As you become more familiar with the concept, you can delve into more advanced topics and features that .NET 7 offers to create robust web applications.

Stay tuned for more in-depth tutorials and examples to help you make the most of Minimal APIs in .NET 7!

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.NET 7 Minimal APIs Series - An Introduction

Introduction to .NET 7 Minimal APIs The release of .NET 6 brought about several exciting features and improvements, and one of the most exci...