This article applies to: ✓ .NET Core 1.x SDK ✓ .NET Core 2.x SDK
dotnet - A tool for managing .NET source code and binaries.
dotnet [command] [arguments] [--additional-deps] [--additionalprobingpath] [--depsfile] [-d|--diagnostics] [--fx-version] [-h|--help] [--info] [--list-runtimes] [--list-sdks] [--roll-forward-on-no-candidate-fx] [--runtimeconfig] [-v|--verbosity] [--version]
dotnet is a tool for managing .NET source code and binaries. It exposes commands that perform specific tasks, such as
dotnet build and
dotnet run. Each command defines its own arguments. Type
--help after each command to access brief help documentation.
dotnet can be used to run applications, by specifying an application DLL, such as
dotnet myapp.dll. See .NET Core application deployment for to learn about deployment options.
Path to an additional .deps.json file.
Path containing probing policy and assemblies to probe.
Path to a deps.json file.
A deps.json file contains a list of dependencies, compilation dependencies and version information used to address assembly conflicts. For more information about this file, see Runtime Configuration Files on GitHub.
Enables diagnostic output.
Version of the .NET Core runtime to use to run the application.
Prints out documentation for a given command, such as
dotnet build --help.
dotnet --help prints a list of available commands.
Prints out detailed information about a .NET Core installation and the machine environment, such as the current operating system, and commit SHA of the .NET Core version.
Displays the installed .NET Core runtimes.
Displays the installed .NET Core SDKs.
Defines behavior when the required shared framework is not available.
N can be:
0- Disable even minor version roll forward.
1- Roll forward on minor version, but not on major version. This is the default behavior.
2- Roll forward on minor and major versions.
For more information, see Roll forward.
Path to a runtimeconfig.json file.
A runtimeconfig.json file is a configuration file containing runtime configuration settings. For more information, see Runtime Configuration Files on GitHub.
Sets the verbosity level of the command. Allowed values are
diag[nostic]. Not supported in every command; see specific command page to determine if this option is available.
Prints out the version of the .NET Core SDK in use.
|dotnet build||Builds a .NET Core application.|
|dotnet build-server||Interacts with servers started by a build.|
|dotnet clean||Clean build outputs.|
|dotnet help||Shows more detailed documentation online for the command.|
|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 store||Stores assemblies in the runtime package store.|
|dotnet test||Runs tests using a test runner.|
|dotnet add reference||Adds a project reference.|
|dotnet list reference||Lists project references.|
|dotnet remove reference||Removes a project reference.|
|dotnet add package||Adds a NuGet package.|
|dotnet remove package||Removes a NuGet package.|
|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.|
Global Tools commands
.NET Core Global Tools are available starting with .NET Core SDK 2.1.300:
|dotnet tool install||Installs a Global Tool on your machine.|
|dotnet tool list||Lists all Global Tools currently installed in the default directory on your machine or in the specified path.|
|dotnet tool uninstall||Uninstalls a Global Tool from your machine.|
|dotnet tool update||Updates a Global Tool on your machine.|
Starting with .NET Core SDK 2.1.300, a number of tools that were available only on a per project basis using
DotnetCliToolReference are now available as part of the .NET Core SDK. These tools are listed in the following table:
|dev-certs||Creates and manages development certificates.|
|ef||Entity Framework Core command-line tools.|
|sql-cache||SQL Server cache command-line tools.|
|user-secrets||Manages development user secrets.|
|watch||Starts a file watcher that runs a command when files change.|
For more information about each tool, type
dotnet <tool-name> --help.
Creates a new .NET Core console application:
dotnet new console
Restore dependencies for a given application:
Starting with .NET Core 2.0 SDK, you don't have to run
dotnet restore because it's run implicitly by all commands that require a restore to occur, such as
dotnet build and
It's still a valid command in certain scenarios where doing an explicit restore makes sense, such as continuous integration builds in Azure DevOps Services or in build systems that need to explicitly control the time at which the restore occurs.
Build a project and its dependencies in a given directory:
Run an application DLL, such as
The global packages folder. If not set, it defaults to
~/.nuget/packages on Unix or
%userprofile%\.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
yes accepted). Otherwise, set to
false to opt into the telemetry features (values
no accepted). If not set, the default is
false and the telemetry feature is active.
Specifies whether .NET Core runtime, shared framework, or SDK are resolved from the global location. If not set, it defaults to
true. Set to
false to not resolve from the global location and have isolated .NET Core installations (values
false are accepted). For more information about multi-level lookup, see Multi-level SharedFX Lookup.
Disables minor version roll forward, if set to
0. For more information, see Roll forward.