pmazaleu pmazaleu - 3 months ago 203
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Can't get dynamic html page by using Self hosted AspNetCore MVC inside console app as Windows Service

Problem: Need to be able to install and run Asp.Net MVC app (which returns an SPA angular app) as Windows Service

Subject: I'am using ASp.Net Core MVC inside Console app and run it as Windows service and it works perfectly fine (all requests are getting to the right place) but

return View();
returns empty page instead of the right html.

public class Startup
public IContainer ApplicationContainer { get; private set; }
public IConfigurationRoot Configuration { get; private set; }

public Startup(IHostingEnvironment env)
var builder = new ConfigurationBuilder()
.AddJsonFile("appsettings.json", optional: true, reloadOnChange: true)
.AddJsonFile($"appsettings.{env.EnvironmentName}.json", optional: true)

if (env.IsDevelopment())
// This will push telemetry data through Application Insights pipeline faster, allowing you to view results immediately.
builder.AddApplicationInsightsSettings(developerMode: true);
Configuration = builder.Build();


// This method gets called by the runtime. Use this method to add services to the container.
public IServiceProvider ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
// Add framework services.


services.AddSingleton<IHttpContextAccessor, HttpContextAccessor>();

var builder = new ContainerBuilder();

this.ApplicationContainer = builder.Build();
return new AutofacServiceProvider(this.ApplicationContainer);

// This method gets called at the runtime. Use this method to configure the HTTP request pipeline.
public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IHostingEnvironment env, ILoggerFactory loggerFactory)

var listener = app.ServerFeatures.Get<WebListener>();
if (listener != null)
listener.AuthenticationManager.AuthenticationSchemes =

app.UseCors(builder => builder.AllowAnyOrigin());

app.UseMvc(routes =>
name: "default",
template: "{controller=Home}/{action=Index}/{id?}");
name: "defaultApi",
template: "api/{controller}/{action}/{id?}");

public class Program
public static string ServiceName = "WebApp";

static void Main(string[] args)
var exePath = Process.GetCurrentProcess().MainModule.FileName;
//sure it's not necessary! It was just a try
directoryPath = directoryPath.Replace("\\bin", "");
var directoryPath = Path.GetDirectoryName(exePath);
var httpAddress = "https://localhost";
var httpPort = "10778";
var host = new WebHostBuilder()
.UseWebRoot(directoryPath + "\\wwwroot") //also just a try to navigate it right

if (Debugger.IsAttached || args.Contains("--debug"))
catch (Exception ex)
var exMessage = ex.Message;

The sample project can be downloaded here


After including app.UseDeveloperExceptionPage(); into Configure method get such list of the errors

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Create a new .NET Core Web Application targeting .NET v4.6.1. See screenshot below.

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This way you will get an exe web application by default, and it targets .NET v4.6.1.