A library to make things cross-platform that should be.

geometry, drawing, colours, logging, unit, test, detection, service, location, image, portable, handling, xamarin, mac, ios, monodroid, android, net45, uwp, nlog
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Certain types of things are basically impossible to do in cross-platform mobile code today, yet there's no reason why. Writing a ViewModel that handles loading a gallery of pictures from disk will be completely riddled with #ifdefs and basically unreadable.

Splat aims to fix that, by providing a usable leaky abstraction above platform code. It is leaky, because it always provides an extension method ToNative() and FromNative(), which converts the abstraction to the platform-specific version. Load the image in the cross-platform code, then call ToNative() in your view to actually display it.

What does it do?

Splat currently supports:

  • Cross-platform image loading/saving
  • A port of System.Drawing.Color for portable libraries
  • Cross-platform geometry primitives (PointF, SizeF, RectangleF), as well as a bunch of additional extension methods to make using them easier.
  • A way to detect whether you're in a Unit Test runner / Design Mode
  • A cross-platform logging framework
  • Simple yet flexible Service Location

How do I install?

Always Be NuGetting. Package contains binaries for:

  • WPF (.NET 4.5)
  • Windows Forms
  • UWP
  • Xamarin (Android, iOS and Mac)
  • .NET Standard 1.0 and 2.0

Cross-platform Image Loading

// Load an Image
// This code even works in a Portable Library

var wc = new WebClient();
byte[] imageBytes = await wc.DownloadDataTaskAsync("http://octodex.github.com/images/Professortocat_v2.png");

// IBitmap is a type that provides basic image information such as dimensions
IBitmap profileImage = await BitmapLoader.Current.Load(imageBytes, null /* Use original width */, null /* Use original height */);

Then later, in your View:

// ToNative always converts an IBitmap into the type that the platform
// uses, such as UIBitmap on iOS or BitmapSource in WPF
ImageView.Source = ViewModel.ProfileImage.ToNative();

Images can also be loaded from a Resource. On Android, this can either be a Resource ID casted to a string, or the name of the resource as as string (optionally including the extension).

var profileImage = await BitmapLoader.Current.LoadFromResource("DefaultAvatar.png", null, null);

Bitmaps can also be created and saved - actually drawing on the image is beyond the scope of this library, you should do this in your view-specific code.

var blankImage = BitmapLoader.Current.Create(512.0f, 512.0f);
await blankImage.Save(CompressedBitmapFormat.Png, 0.0, File.Open("ItsBlank.png"));

Service Location

Splat provides a simple service location implementation that is optimized for Desktop and Mobile applications, while still remaining reasonably flexible.

There are 2 parts to the locator design:

  • Locator.Current The property to use to retrieve services. Locator.Current is a static variable that can be set on startup, to adapt Splat to other DI/IoC frameworks. We're currently working from v7 onward to make it easier to use your DI/IoC framework of choice. (see below)
  • Locator.CurrentMutable The property to use to register services

Note: Currently these properties point to the same object and you can use CurrentMutable to also GetServices, but this is not the intention and the interfaces may be adjusted in future to lock this down (and make it more obvious what the use cases are).

To get a service:

// To get a single service registration
var toaster = Locator.Current.GetService<IToaster>();

// To get all service registrations
var allToasterImpls = Locator.Current.GetServices<IToaster>();

Locator.Current is a static variable that can be set on startup, to adapt Splat to other DI/IoC frameworks. We're currently working from v7 onward to make it easier to use your DI/IoC framework of choice.

The default implementation of Service Location also allows new types to be registered at runtime.

// Create a new Toaster any time someone asks
Locator.CurrentMutable.Register(() => new Toaster(), typeof(IToaster));

// Register a singleton instance
Locator.CurrentMutable.RegisterConstant(new ExtraGoodToaster(), typeof(IToaster));

// Register a singleton which won't get created until the first user accesses it
Locator.CurrentMutable.RegisterLazySingleton(() => new LazyToaster(), typeof(IToaster));

Dependency Resolver Packages

For each of the provided dependency resolver adapters, there is a specific package that allows the service locator to be implemented by another ioc container.

Container NuGet Read Me
Splat.Autofac SplatAutofacBadge Setup Autofac
Splat.DryIoc SplatDryIocBadge Setup DryIoc
Splat.Ninject SplatNinjectBadge Setup Ninject
Splat.SimpleInjector SplatSimpleInjectorBadge


Splat provides a simple logging proxy for libraries and applications to set up. By default, this logging isn't configured (i.e. it logs to the Null Logger). To set up logging:

  1. Register an implementation of ILogger using Service Location.
  2. In the class in which you want to log stuff, "implement" the IEnableLogger interface (this is a tag interface, no implementation actually needed).
  3. Call the Log method to write log entries:
this.Log().Warn("Something bad happened: {0}", errorMessage);
this.Log().ErrorException("Tried to do a thing and failed", exception);

For static methods, LogHost.Default can be used as the object to write a log entry for.

Available logging adapters

Splat has support for the following logging frameworks

Target Package NuGet
Console Splat SplatBadge
Debug Splat SplatBadge
Log4Net Splat.Log4Net SplatLog4NetBadge
Microsoft Extensions Logging Splat.Microsoft.Extensions.Logging SplatMicrosoftExtensionsLoggingBadge
NLog Splat.NLog SplatNLogBadge
Serilog Splat.Serilog SplatSerilogBadge


First configure Log4Net. For guidance see https://logging.apache.org/log4net/release/manual/configuration.html

using Splat.Log4Net;

// then in your service locator initialisation

Thanks to @dpvreony for first creating this logger.


First configure Microsoft.Extensions.Logging. For guidance see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/aspnet/core/fundamentals/logging/

using Splat.Microsoft.Extensions.Logging;

// note: this is different from the other adapter extension methods
//       as it needs knowledge of the logger factory
//       also the "container" is how you configured the Microsoft.Logging.Extensions
var loggerFactory = container.Resolve<ILoggerFactory>();
// in theory it could also be
// var loggerFactory = new LoggerFactory();

/// then in your service locator initialisation

Thanks to @dpvreony for first creating this logger.


First configure NLog. For guidance see https://github.com/nlog/nlog/wiki/Tutorial and https://github.com/nlog/nlog/wiki/Configuration-file

using Splat.NLog;

//  then in your service locator initialisation

Thanks to @dpvreony for first creating this logger.


First configure Serilog. For guidance see https://github.com/serilog/serilog/wiki/Configuration-Basics

using Splat.Serilog;

// Then in your service locator initialisation

Thanks to @joelweiss for first creating this logger.

Using Cross-Platform Colors and Geometry

// This System.Drawing class works, even on WinRT or WP8 where it's not supposed to exist
// Also, this works in a Portable Library, in your ViewModel
ProfileBackgroundAccentColor = Color.FromArgb(255, 255, 255, 255);

Later, in the view, we can use it:

ImageView.Background = ViewModel.ProfileBackgroundAccentColor.ToNativeBrush();

If targeting iOS or Mac in a cross-platform solution (e.g. iOS & Android), use the SplatColor class to define colors in your netstandard library (since Cocoa doesn't include System.Drawing.Color).

// In a netstandard library
SplatColor BackgroundColor = SplatColor.Red;
// From an iOS project
UIColor bgColor = ViewModel.BackgroundColor.ToNative();
// From an Android project
Android.Graphics.Color bgColor = ViewModel.BackgroundColor.ToNative();

Detecting whether you're in a unit test runner

// If true, we are running unit tests

// If true, we are running inside Blend, so don't do anything


Splat is developed under an OSI-approved open source license, making it freely usable and distributable, even for commercial use. Because of our Open Collective model for funding and transparency, we are able to funnel support and funds through to our contributors and community. We ❤ the people who are involved in this project, and we’d love to have you on board, especially if you are just getting started or have never contributed to open-source before.

So here's to you, lovely person who wants to join us — this is how you can support us: