Migrate from ASP.NET Core 2.2 to 3.0 Preview

By Scott Addie

This article explains how to update an existing ASP.NET Core 2.2 project to ASP.NET Core 3.0.


Update the project file

  • Set the Target Framework Moniker (TFM) to netcoreapp3.0:

  • Remove any <PackageReference> to the Microsoft.AspNetCore.All or Microsoft.AspNetCore.App metapackage.

    There's a known issue in Preview 1: projects that don't start with <Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk.Web"> get compiler or runtime errors due to missing Microsoft.AspNetCore.* assemblies. This is most often the case for test projects and class libraries. The workaround is to add the following to the .csproj file.

       <FrameworkReference Include="Microsoft.AspNetCore.App" />

    For more information, see NuGet/Home issue #7342.

  • Update the Version on remaining <PackageReference> elements for Microsoft.AspNetCore.* packages to the current preview (for example, 3.0.0-preview-18579-0053).

    If there is no 3.0 version of a package, the package might have been deprecated in 3.0. Many of these are part of Microsoft.AspNetCore.App and should not be referenced individually anymore. For a preliminary list of packages no longer produced in 3.0, see aspnet/AspNetCore #3756.

  • Some assemblies were removed from Microsoft.AspNetCore.App between 2.x and 3.0. You may need to add <PackageReference> items if you're using APIs from packages listed in aspnet/AspNetCore #3755

    For example, Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore and System.Data.SqlClient are no longer part of Microsoft.AspNetCore.App. The list of assemblies shipping in Microsoft.AspNetCore.App hasn't been finalized yet and will change before 3.0 RTM.