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

  1. Navigate to your feed (or create a feed if you haven't).

  2. Select Connect to feed:

    Connect to feed button in the upper-right of the page

  3. Copy the NuGet package source URL:

    NuGet Package source URL in the Connect to feed dialog

Windows: Add the feed to your NuGet configuration

  1. On the Tools menu, select Options....
  2. Expand NuGet Package Manager and select Package Sources.
  3. Click the green plus in the upper right corner.
  4. At the bottom of the dialog, enter the feed's name and the URL you got in the last step.
  5. Select Update.
  6. If you enabled the upstream source, uncheck the package source. Add new NuGet source
  7. Select OK.
  8. Click here to continue.

macOS: Add the feed to your NuGet configuration

  1. Get a Personal Access Token (PAT) and make a note of it.
  2. Open the Preferences dialog from the Visual Studio menu in the menu bar.
  3. Select NuGet -> Sources.
  4. Select Add then enter your feed's name, URL, any username, and your PAT as the password.
  5. Select OK.
  6. If you enabled the upstream source, uncheck the package source.
  7. Select OK again.

    Visual Studio for Mac preferences window with VSTS feed added

Consume packages

You can now discover and use packages in this feed. To add a package reference to a project:

  1. Find your project in Solution Explorer.
  2. Right-click References.
  3. Select Manage NuGet Packages....
  4. In the Package source dropdown, select your feed.
  5. Look for your package in the list.

    Select feed source

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:

  1. On the upstream source (e.g., copy the Install-Package command.
  2. In Visual Studio, open the Package Manager Console from Tools > NuGet Package Manager.
  3. Paste the Install-Package command into the Package Manager Console and run it.

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.

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.