Extends the MonoDevelop NuGet addin
mrward Only show license acceptance dialog once for multiple projects
The license acceptance dialog was shown for each project when a NuGet
package was installed, updated or consolidated. Now the check is only
done at the start when installing into the first project. If the
licenses are declined then no packages will be installed since all
actions are queued together.
Latest commit f4303c1 Jun 13, 2018

README.md

Extends the NuGet Addin for MonoDevelop, Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio for Mac

Adds some extra features to the NuGet addin that are not currently built-in.

These features are experimental, subject to change, removal, and should be considered alpha quality.

Features Overview

  • Installing a NuGet package from the unified search
  • Listing Portable Class Libraries available on the local machine
  • Installing, updating, uninstalling NuGet packages for multiple projects in one step.
  • PowerShell console window - powered by Pash.

Requirements

  • MonoDevelop 5.0, 6.0, 7.0
  • Xamarin Studio 5.0, 6.0
  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.0

The NuGet Package Management Extensions addin published on the main addin server does not work for Visual Studio Mac 7.1 or 7.2. The main symptom that NuGet Package Management extensions addin does not support the version of Visual Studio for Mac being used is the Manage Packages dialog not opening when its menu is selected. Addins that work are available from a separate Addin Server urls available for each version. Details on configuring the addin server is available from:

https://github.com/mrward/monodevelop-addins

Alternatively the addin can be downloaded, from the following download links, and installed using the Install from file button in the Extension Manager dialog:

Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1178 and later

Visual Studio for Mac 7.2.0.617 and later

Visual Studio for Mac 7.3.0.797 and later

Installation

The addin is available from the MonoDevelop addin repository. To install the addin:

  • Open the Extension Manager dialog.
  • Select the Gallery tab.
  • Select Visual Studio Extension Repository (Beta channel) from the drop down list.
  • Expand IDE extensions.
  • Select NuGet Package Management Extensions.
  • Click the Refresh button if the addin is not visible.
  • Click Install... to install the addin.

NuGet package management extension addin in the addin manager dialog

Please make sure you close the IDE and then re-open it before opening the new Package Console window otherwise the IDE will crash.

Features

In the following sections the features are covered in more detail.

Install a NuGet package from the unified search

To install the latest version of a NuGet package

  • Make sure the project is selected in the Solution window.
  • Type the package id into the unified search.
  • Select Add Package from the list in the pop-up window.

Installing NuGet package from unified search

The NuGet package will then be installed in the background.

To install a specific version of the package you can use the -version option:

   automapper -version 2.2.1

Installing NuGet package from unified search

The status bar will be updated as the install progresses. Errors will be displayed in the Package Console.

The unified search is available at the top right of the main IDE window.

Package search category

As a variation on how to add a package as described in the previous section, there is also a package search category which also allows you to add a package. Here the search category tag nuget or package must be typed in followed by the colon character. After the tag you can specify a package id and optionally the version number.

To add a package to a project

  • Make sure the project is selected in the Solution window.
  • Type the package: or nuget: followed by the package id into the unified search.
  • Select Add Package from the list in the pop-up window.

Installing NuGet package from unified search

A specific package version can be installed by typing the version number after the package id.

Installing NuGet package from unified search

Listing Portable Class Libraries Installed

To see a list of the .NET Portable Class libraries available on the local machine, from the unified search select List Portable Class Libraries.

Listing Portable Class Libraries

This runs the Mono Portable Class Library command line utility which will look for portable class libraries installed on the local machine. The results are displayed in the Package Console.

Listing Portable Class Libraries

Managing Packages for the Solution

The NuGet addin that is available for Xamarin Studio 4 included the ability to manage packages for the solution. You could install, update or uninstall packages for multiple projects in one step. This feature was removed in later versions but has been made available by the extension addin.

To open the Manage Packages dialog:

  • Make sure the solution is selected in the Solution window.
  • Right click the solution and select Manage Packages.
  • Or select Manage Packages from the Project menu.

Manage Packages dialog

Install a package into multiple projects

  • Select the package in the Browse tab.
  • Click the Add Package button.

Then a Select Projects dialog will be displayed.

Select Projects dialog

Tick the projects you want to install the package and click OK.

Uninstalling a package from multiple projects

To uninstall a package from multiple projects:

  • Open the Manage Packages dialog.
  • Select the Installed tab.
  • Select the package you want to uninstall.
  • Click the Remove Package button.
  • Untick the projects you want the package to be uninstalled from.
  • Click OK.

PowerShell Console Window

Please make sure you have closed and re-opened IDE after the addin has been installed before trying to open the PowerShell Console window otherwise the IDE will crash.

To open the console window, from the View menu select Pads, then select Package Console Extension.

Package Console Extension window

From the top of the Package Console Extension window you can choose a package source or a project. You can also clear the text from the Package Console by clicking the Clear Console button.

From the console itself you can run the standard NuGet commands:

  • Install-Package
  • Uninstall-Package
  • Update-Package
  • Get-Package
  • Get-Project

The console uses Pash which is an open source reimplementation of Windows PowerShell, for Mono.

When you install, uninstall or update a NuGet package the console will run the init.ps1, install.ps1 and uninstall.ps1 scripts that the NuGet package contains. However there are some areas of PowerShell that Pash has not fully implemented so most PowerShell scripts will fail. The failure will be logged in the console window but will not prevent the package from being installed or uninstalled.