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.NET Command Line Interface

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This repo contains the source code for cross-platform .NET Core command line toolchain. It contains the implementation of each command, the native packages for various supported platforms as well as documentation.

Looking for V1 of the .NET Core tooling?

If you are looking for the v1.0.1 release of the .NET Core tools (CLI, MSBuild and the new csproj), head over to and download!

Note: the master branch of the CLI repo is based on the upcoming v2 of .NET Core and is considered pre-release. For production-level usage, please use the v1 of the tools.

Found an issue?

You can consult the known issues page to find out the current issues and to see the workarounds.

If you don't find your issue, please file one! However, given that this is a very high-frequency repo, we've setup some basic guidelines to help you. Please consult those first.

This project has adopted the code of conduct defined by the Contributor Covenant to clarify expected behavior in our community. For more information, see the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct.

Build Status

Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17 Ubuntu 16.04 Debian 8.2 Windows x64 Windows x86 Mac OS X CentOS 7.1 / Oracle Linux 7.1 RHEL 7.2 Linux x64

Installers and Binaries

You can download .NET Core SDK as either an installer (MSI, PKG) or a zip (zip, tar.gz). .NET Core SDK contains both the .NET Core runtime and CLI tools.

In order to download just the .NET Core runtime without the SDK, please visit

Note: please be aware that below installers are the latest bits. If you want to install the latest released versions, please check out the section above.)

| Platform | master
| |----------------------------------|:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:|:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:| | Windows x64 | Installer - Checksum
zip - Checksum | | Windows x86 | Installer - Checksum
zip - Checksum | | Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17 | Installer - Checksum
*See Installer Note Below
tar.gz - Checksum | | Ubuntu 16.04 | tar.gz - Checksum | | Debian 8.2 | tar.gz - Checksum | | Mac OS X | Installer - Checksum
tar.gz - Checksum | | CentOS 7.1 / Oracle Linux 7 | tar.gz - Checksum | | RHEL 7.2 | tar.gz - Checksum | | Linux x64 | tar.gz - Checksum |

Note: Our Debian packages are put together slightly differently than the other OS specific installers. Instead of combining everything, we have separate component packages that depend on each other. If you're installing these directly from the .deb files (via dpkg or similar), then you'll need to install the corresponding Host, Host FX Resolver, and Shared Framework packages before installing the Sdk package.


You can also use our Docker base images found on to set up your dev or testing environment for usage.

Basic usage

When you have the .NET Command Line Interface installed on your OS of choice, you can try it out using some of the samples on the dotnet/core repo. You can download the sample in a directory, and then you can kick the tires of the CLI.

First, you will need to restore the packages:

dotnet restore

This will restore all of the packages that are specified in the project.json file of the given sample.

Then you can either run from source or compile the sample. Running from source is straightforward:

dotnet run

Compiling to IL is done using:

dotnet build

This will drop an IL assembly in ./bin/[configuration]/[framework]/[binary name] that you can run using dotnet bin/[configuration]/[framework]/[binaryname.dll].

For more details, please refer to the documentation.

Building from source

If you are building from source, take note that the build depends on NuGet packages hosted on MyGet, so if it is down, the build may fail. If that happens, you can always see the MyGet status page for more info.

Read over the contributing guidelines and developer documentation for prerequisites for building from source.

Questions & Comments

For any and all feedback, please use the Issues on this repository.


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