dotnet add package

This topic applies to: ✓ .NET Core 1.x .NET Core 2.x


dotnet add package - Adds a package reference to a project file.


dotnet add [<PROJECT>] package <PACKAGE_NAME> [-h|--help] [-v|--version] [-f|--framework] [-n|--no-restore] [-s|--source] [--package-directory]


The dotnet add package command provides a convenient option to add a package reference to a project file. After running the command, there's a compatibility check to ensure the package is compatible with the frameworks in the project. If the check passes, a <PackageReference> element is added to the project file and dotnet restore is run.

For example, adding Newtonsoft.Json to ToDo.csproj produces output similar to the following example:

  Writing C:\Users\mairaw\AppData\Local\Temp\tmp95A8.tmp
info : Adding PackageReference for package 'Newtonsoft.Json' into project 'C:\projects\ToDo\ToDo.csproj'.
log  : Restoring packages for C:\projects\ToDo\ToDo.csproj...
info :   GET
info :   OK 235ms
info : Package 'Newtonsoft.Json' is compatible with all the specified frameworks in project 'C:\projects\ToDo\ToDo.csproj'.
info : PackageReference for package 'Newtonsoft.Json' version '10.0.3' added to file 'C:\projects\ToDo\ToDo.csproj'.

The ToDo.csproj file now contains a <PackageReference> element for the referenced package.

<PackageReference Include="Newtonsoft.Json" Version="9.0.1" />



Specifies the project file. If not specified, the command searches the current directory for one.


The package reference to add.



Prints out a short help for the command.

-v|--version <VERSION>

Version of the package.

-f|--framework <FRAMEWORK>

Adds a package reference only when targeting a specific framework.


Adds a package reference without performing a restore preview and compatibility check.

-s|--source <SOURCE>

Uses a specific NuGet package source during the restore operation.

--package-directory <PACKAGE_DIRECTORY>

Restores the package to the specified directory.


Add Newtonsoft.Json NuGet package to a project:

dotnet add package Newtonsoft.Json

Add a specific version of a package to a project:

dotnet add ToDo.csproj package Microsoft.Azure.DocumentDB.Core -v 1.0.0

Add a package using a specific NuGet source:

dotnet add package Microsoft.AspNetCore.StaticFiles -s