init command (NuGet CLI)

Applies to: package creation • Supported versions: 3.3+

Copies all the packages from a flat folder to a destination folder using a hierarchical layout as described for the add command. That is, using init is equivalent to using the add command on each package in the folder.

As with add, the destination must be either a local folder or a UNC path; HTTP package repositories such as or private servers are not supported.


nuget init <source> <destination> [options]

where <source> is the folder containing packages and <destination> is the local folder or UNC pathname to which the packages are copied.


Option Description
ConfigFile The NuGet configuration file to apply. If not specified, %AppData%\NuGet\NuGet.Config is used.
ForceEnglishOutput (3.5+) Forces nuget.exe to run using an invariant, English-based culture.
Expand Adds all files in each package that's added to the package source; same as -Expand with the add command.
Help Displays help information for the command.
NonInteractive Suppresses prompts for user input or confirmations.
Verbosity Specifies the amount of detail displayed in the output: normal, quiet, detailed.

Also see Environment variables


nuget init c:\foo c:\bar
nuget init \\foo\packages \\bar\packages -Expand