dotnet command

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This topic applies to .NET Core Tools Preview 2. For the .NET Core Tools RC4 version, see the dotnet command (.NET Core Tools RC4) topic.

Name

dotnet -- General driver for running the command-line commands

Synopsis

dotnet [--version] [--verbose] [--info] [command] [arguments] [--help]

Description

dotnet is a generic driver for the Command Line Interface (CLI) toolchain. Invoked on its own, it will give out brief usage instructions.

Each specific feature is implemented as a command. In order to use the feature, the command is specified after dotnet, such as dotnet build. All of the arguments following the command are its own arguments.

The only time dotnet is used as a command on its own is to run portable apps. Just specify a portable application DLL after the dotnet verb to execute the application.

Options

-v|--verbose

Enables verbose output.

--version

Prints out the version of the CLI tooling.

--info

Prints out more detailed information about the CLI tooling, such as the current operating system, commit SHA for the version, etc.

-h|--help

Prints out a short help for the command. If using with dotnet only, it also prints a list of the available commands.

dotnet commands

The following commands exist for dotnet:

  • dotnet-new
    • Initializes a C# or F# console application project.
  • dotnet-restore
    • Restores the dependencies for a given application.
  • dotnet-build
    • Builds a .NET Core application.
  • dotnet-publish
    • Publishes a .NET portable or self-contained application.
  • dotnet-run
    • Runs the application from source.
  • dotnet-test
    • Runs tests using a test runner specified in the project.json.
  • dotnet-pack
    • Creates a NuGet package of your code.

Examples

Initialize a sample .NET Core console application that can be compiled and run:

dotnet new

Restore dependencies for a given application:

dotnet restore

Build a project and its dependencies in a given directory:

dotnet build

Run a portable app named myapp.dll:

dotnet myapp.dll

Environment

DOTNET_PACKAGES

The primary package cache. If not set, it defaults to $HOME/.nuget/packages on Unix or %HOME%\NuGet\Packages on Windows.

DOTNET_SERVICING

Specifies the location of the servicing index to use by the shared host when loading the runtime.

DOTNET_CLI_TELEMETRY_OPTOUT

Specifies whether data about the .NET Core tools usage is collected and sent to Microsoft. true to opt-out of the telemetry feature (values true, 1 or yes accepted); otherwise, false (values false, 0 or no accepted). If not set, it defaults to false, that is, the telemetry feature is on.