Getting started

To get started with BenchmarkDotNet, please follow these steps.

Step 1. Installation

Install BenchmarkDotNet via the NuGet package: BenchmarkDotNet

PM> Install-Package BenchmarkDotNet

Step 2. Design a benchmark

Create a new console application, write a class with methods that you want to measure and mark them with the Benchmark attribute. In the following example, we compare MD5 and SHA256 cryptographic hash functions:

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using BenchmarkDotNet.Attributes;
using BenchmarkDotNet.Running;

namespace MyBenchmarks
    public class Md5VsSha256
        private const int N = 10000;
        private readonly byte[] data;

        private readonly SHA256 sha256 = SHA256.Create();
        private readonly MD5 md5 = MD5.Create();

        public Md5VsSha256()
            data = new byte[N];
            new Random(42).NextBytes(data);

        public byte[] Sha256() => sha256.ComputeHash(data);

        public byte[] Md5() => md5.ComputeHash(data);

    public class Program
        public static void Main(string[] args)
            var summary = BenchmarkRunner.Run<Md5VsSha256>();

The BenchmarkRunner.Run<Md5VsSha256>() call runs your benchmarks and print results to console output.

Step 3. View results

View the results. Here is an example of output from the above benchmark:

BenchmarkDotNet=v0.10.1, OS=Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0
Processor=Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4702MQ CPU 2.20GHz, ProcessorCount=8
Frequency=2143476 Hz, Resolution=466.5319 ns, Timer=TSC
  [Host]     : Clr 4.0.30319.42000, 64bit RyuJIT-v4.6.1586.0
  DefaultJob : Clr 4.0.30319.42000, 64bit RyuJIT-v4.6.1586.0
Method Mean StdDev Allocated
Sha256 130.5169 us 1.8489 us 188 B
Md5 25.8010 us 0.1757 us 113 B

Step 4. Analyze results

Analyze it. In your bin directory, you can find a lot of useful files with detailed information. For example:

  • Csv reports with raw data: Md5VsSha256-report.csv, Md5VsSha256-runs.csv
  • Markdown reports:,,
    • Plain report and log: Md5VsSha256-report.txt, Md5VsSha256.log
    • Plots (if you have installed R): Md5VsSha256-barplot.png, Md5VsSha256-boxplot.png, and so on.

Next steps

BenchmarkDotNet provides a lot of features which help to high-quality performance research. If you want to know more about BenchmarkDotNet features, checkout the Overview page. If you want have any questions, checkout the FAQ page. If you didn't find answer for your question on this page, ask it on gitter or create an issue.