dotnet clean

This topic applies to: ✓ .NET Core 1.x SDK and later versions

Name

dotnet clean - Cleans the output of a project.

Synopsis

dotnet clean [<PROJECT>|<SOLUTION>] [-c|--configuration] [-f|--framework] [--interactive] [-o|--output] [-r|--runtime] [-v|--verbosity]
dotnet clean [-h|--help]

Description

The dotnet clean command cleans the output of the previous build. It's implemented as an MSBuild target, so the project is evaluated when the command is run. Only the outputs created during the build are cleaned. Both intermediate (obj) and final output (bin) folders are cleaned.

Arguments

PROJECT | SOLUTION

The MSBuild project or solution to clean. If a project or solution file is not specified, MSBuild searches the current working directory for a file that has a file extension that ends in proj or sln, and uses that file.

Options

  • -c|--configuration {Debug|Release}

    Defines the build configuration. The default value is Debug. This option is only required when cleaning if you specified it during build time.

  • -f|--framework <FRAMEWORK>

    The framework that was specified at build time. The framework must be defined in the project file. If you specified the framework at build time, you must specify the framework when cleaning.

  • -h|--help

    Prints out a short help for the command.

  • --interactive

    Allows the command to stop and wait for user input or action. For example, to complete authentication. Available since .NET Core 3.0 SDK.

  • -o|--output <OUTPUT_DIRECTORY>

    The directory that contains the build artifacts to clean. Specify the -f|--framework <FRAMEWORK> switch with the output directory switch if you specified the framework when the project was built.

  • -r|--runtime <RUNTIME_IDENTIFIER>

    Cleans the output folder of the specified runtime. This is used when a self-contained deployment was created. Option available since .NET Core 2.0 SDK.

  • -v|--verbosity <LEVEL>

    Sets the MSBuild verbosity level. Allowed values are q[uiet], m[inimal], n[ormal], d[etailed], and diag[nostic]. The default is normal.

Examples

  • Clean a default build of the project:

    dotnet clean
    
  • Clean a project built using the Release configuration:

    dotnet clean --configuration Release