dotnet msbuild

This article applies to: ✓ .NET Core 1.x SDK .NET Core 2.x SDK


dotnet msbuild - Builds a project and all of its dependencies.


dotnet msbuild <msbuild_arguments> [-h]


The dotnet msbuild command allows access to a fully functional MSBuild.

The command has the exact same capabilities as the existing MSBuild command-line client for SDK-style project only. The options are all the same. For more information about the available options, see the MSBuild Command-Line Reference.

The dotnet build command is equivalent to dotnet msbuild -restore -target:Build. dotnet build is more commonly used for building projects, but dotnet msbuild gives you more control. For example, if you have a specific target you want to run (without running the build target), you probably want to use dotnet msbuild.


  • Build a project and its dependencies:

    dotnet msbuild
  • Build a project and its dependencies using Release configuration:

    dotnet msbuild -p:Configuration=Release
  • Run the publish target and publish for the osx.10.11-x64 RID:

    dotnet msbuild -t:Publish -p:RuntimeIdentifiers=osx.10.11-x64
  • See the whole project with all targets included by the SDK:

    dotnet msbuild -pp