Consume NuGet packages in Visual Studio
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To consume NuGet packages from a feed, add the feed's NuGet endpoint as a package source in Visual Studio.
Package Management feeds work seamlessly with the NuGet Package Manager for Visual Studio 2015 extension as of Visual Studio 2015 Update 1. If you haven't installed Update 1 or later, you can update to the latest version of the NuGet Package Manager extension directly. Using Visual Studio for Mac? See this guidance.
Get your feed's NuGet package source URL
Navigate to your feed (or create a feed if you haven't).
Select Connect to feed:
Copy the NuGet package source URL:
Windows: Add the feed to your NuGet configuration
On the Tools menu, select Options....
Expand NuGet Package Manager and select Package Sources.
Click the green plus in the upper right corner.
At the bottom of the dialog, enter the feed's name and the URL you got in the last step.
If you enabled the nuget.org upstream source, uncheck the nuget.org package source.
macOS: Add the feed to your NuGet configuration
- Get a Personal Access Token (PAT) and make a note of it.
- Open the Preferences dialog from the Visual Studio menu in the menu bar.
- Select NuGet -> Sources.
- Select Add then enter your feed's name, URL, any username, and your PAT as the password.
- Select OK.
- If you enabled the nuget.org upstream source, uncheck the nuget.org package source.
Select OK again.
You can now discover and use packages in this feed. To add a package reference to a project:
- Find your project in Solution Explorer.
- Right-click References.
- Select Manage NuGet Packages....
- In the Package source dropdown, select your feed.
Look for your package in the list.
If you're using upstream sources, package-versions in the upstream source that haven't yet been saved into your feed (by using them at least once) won't appear in the NuGet Package Manager search. To install these packages:
- On the upstream source (e.g. nuget.org), copy the
- In Visual Studio, open the Package Manager Console from Tools > NuGet Package Manager.
- Paste the
Install-Packagecommand into the Package Manager Console and run it.
Using Visual Studio 2015 or earlier?
You may need to download and install the latest NuGet Package Manager extension.
Using Visual Studio 2013 or earlier?
You'll need to get a Personal Access Token. When you're prompted for a username and password, use any username and your PAT as the password.
Use symbols to debug
Symbol servers enable debuggers to automatically retrieve the correct symbol files for packages without knowing product names, build numbers or package names. If symbols have been published for your packages, connect Visual Studio to the Symbol Server in Package Management to use symbols as you debug your packages.