Common features in ASP.NET Core 2.1 WebApi: Documenting

Common features in ASP.NET Core 2.1 WebApi: Documenting



Provide a list of the services that are offered, for each one, how to call them and the structure of the response that is returned is also an essential feature for a Web API.

In this article, we will talk about Swagger.

Swagger tools takes the hard work out of generating and maintaining your API docs, ensuring your documentation stays up-to-date as your API evolves.

The Swagger framework for ASP.NET Core is an open source implementation based on the OpenAPI specification born in 2010.


Download this package:

PM> Install-Package Swashbuckle.AspNetCore -Version 4.0.1

Configuring Startup.cs 

It’s pretty simple to configure and activate Swagger.

First let’s add Swagger in ConfigureServices method:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
   services.AddSwaggerGen(c =>
      c.SwaggerDoc("v1", new Info { Title = "My API + profiler integrated on top left page", Version = "v1" });
      c.AddSecurityDefinition("Bearer", new ApiKeyScheme
         Description = "JWT Authorization header using the Bearer scheme. Example: \"Authorization: Bearer {token}\"",
         Name = "Authorization",
         In = "header",
         Type = "apiKey"
      c.AddSecurityRequirement(new Dictionary<string, IEnumerable<string>>
         { "Bearer", new string[] { } }

Adding the document needs only one line:

c.SwaggerDoc(“v1”, new Info { Title = “My API + profiler integrated on top left page”, Version = “v1” });

It defines only the version, and the title of the documentation.

The rest below is there only for enable Authorization with a bearer token. In this serie of article I’m using bearer token, so you can replicate everything I do in this serie if you follow the serie since the first article.

Now let’s activate the middleware that serves Swagger and the middleware that serves the Swagger UI:

// Enable middleware to serve generated Swagger as a JSON endpoint.

// Enable middleware to serve swagger-ui (HTML, JS, CSS, etc.), 
app.UseSwaggerUI(c =>
   c.RoutePrefix = "api-doc";
   c.SwaggerEndpoint("/swagger/v1/swagger.json", "My API V1");

I added here  a RoutePrefix named “api-doc” in order to build a friendly Url when you want to display the Swagger UI.


Now if we run the WebApi Swagger UI page, it should look like this:

We have the title as we typed it ine the Startup configurations, our routes as documentation and the Authorize button.

Let’s try now to test a route with the Authorization, because our routes are protected with a Bearer Token.

Set up the token value

Open the popup after clicking on the Authorize button and set up the value like this: bearer “Your token”:

Then press Authorize button again in the popup:

Calling the route

Like the picture below, the call should succeed:


You saw how to add easily documentation in your WebApi.

That’s a nice feature to have when you create a WebAPI.

I hope you will now have the reflex to add it to your WebApis 😉