install command (NuGet CLI)
Applies to: package consumption • Supported versions: all
Downloads and installs a package into a project, defaulting to the current folder, using specified package sources.
To download a package directly outside the context of a project, visit the package's page on nuget.org and select the Download link.
If no sources are specified, those listed in the global configuration file,
%appdata%\NuGet\NuGet.Config (Windows) or
~/.nuget/NuGet/NuGet.Config (Mac/Linux), are used. See Common NuGet configurations for additional details.
If no specific packages are specified,
install installs all packages listed in the project's
packages.config file, making it similar to
install command does not modify a project file or
packages.config; in this way it's similar to
restore in that it only adds packages to disk but does not change a project's dependencies.
To add a dependency, either add a package through the Package Manager UI or Console in Visual Studio, or modify
packages.config and then run either
nuget install <packageID | configFilePath> [options]
<packageID> names the package to install (using the latest version), or
<configFilePath> identifies the
packages.config file that lists the packages to install. You can indicate a specific version with the
The NuGet configuration file to apply. If not specified,
~/.config/NuGet/NuGet.Config(Mac/Linux) is used.
(4.4+) The version of the dependency packages to use, which can be one of the following:
- Lowest (default): the lowest version
- HighestPatch: the version with the lowest major, lowest minor, highest patch
- HighestMinor: the version with the lowest major, highest minor, highest patch
- Highest: the highest version
- Ignore: No dependency packages will be used
Download directly without populating any caches with metadata or binaries.
Disables installing multiple packages in parallel.
Installs the package to a folder named with only the package name and not the version number.
(3.2+) A list of package sources to use as fallbacks in case the package isn't found in the primary or default source.
(3.5+) Forces nuget.exe to run using an invariant, English-based culture.
(4.4+) Target framework used for selecting dependencies. Defaults to 'Any' if not specified.
Displays help information for the command.
Prevents NuGet from using cached packages. See Managing the global packages and cache folders.
Suppresses prompts for user input or confirmations.
Specifies the folder in which packages are installed. If no folder is specified, the current folder is used.
Specifies the types of files to save after package installation: one of
Allows prerelease packages to be installed. This flag is not required when restoring packages with
Verifies that restoring packages is enabled before downloading and installing the packages. For details, see Package Restore.
Specifies root folder of the solution for which to restore packages.
Specifies the list of package sources (as URLs) to use. If omitted, the command uses the sources provided in configuration files, see Common NuGet configurations.
Specifies the amount of detail displayed in the output:
Specifies the version of the package to install.
Also see Environment variables
nuget install elmah nuget install packages.config nuget install ninject -OutputDirectory c:\proj