dotnet command


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


dotnet [command] [arguments] [--version] [--info] [-d|--diagnostics] [-v|--verbose] [--fx-version] [--additionalprobingpath] [-h|--help]


dotnet is a generic driver for the Command Line Interface (CLI) toolchain. Invoked on its own, it provides 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 framework-dependent apps. Specify an application DLL after the dotnet verb to execute the application (for example, dotnet myapp.dll).



Enables verbose output.


Enables diagnostic output.

--fx-version <VERSION>

Version of the installed Shared Framework to use to run the application.

--additionalprobingpath <PATH>

Path containing probing policy and assemblies to probe.


Prints out the version of the CLI tooling.


Prints out detailed information about the CLI tooling and the environment, such as the current operating system, commit SHA for the version, and other information.


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

dotnet commands


Command Function
dotnet-build Builds a .NET Core application.
dotnet-clean Clean build output(s).
dotnet-migrate Migrates a valid Preview 2 project to a .NET Core SDK 1.0 project.
dotnet-msbuild Provides access to the MSBuild command line.
dotnet-new Initializes a C# or F# project for a given template.
dotnet-pack Creates a NuGet package of your code.
dotnet-publish Publishes a .NET framework-dependent or self-contained application.
dotnet-restore Restores the dependencies for a given application.
dotnet-run Runs the application from source.
dotnet-sln Options to add, remove, and list projects in a solution file.
dotnet-test Runs tests using a test runner.

Project references

Command Function
dotnet-add reference Add a project reference.
dotnet-list reference List project references.
dotnet-remove reference Remove a project reference.

NuGet packages

Command Function
dotnet-add package Add a NuGet package.
dotnet-remove package Remove a NuGet package.

NuGet commands

Command Function
dotnet-nuget delete Deletes or unlists a package from the server.
dotnet-nuget locals Clears or lists local NuGet resources such as http-request cache, temporary cache, or machine-wide global packages folder.
dotnet-nuget push Pushes a package to the server and publishes it.


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

dotnet new console

Restore dependencies for a given application:

dotnet restore

Build a project and its dependencies in a given directory:

dotnet build

Run a framework-dependent app named myapp.dll:

dotnet myapp.dll

Environment variables


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


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


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