Generate an exe for .NET Core Console Apps: .NET Core Quick Posts Part V
In this tutorial, we take a look at how to generate exe file extensions for files that make up part of a .NET Core application.
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In this quick post, we will see how to create an exe from a .NET Core console application.
A Little Background
When you create a console application using .NET Core, you will notice that the exe will not be created when you build the application.
Let us quickly create an application to check this.
I created a .NET Core console application and built the solution. If we open the debug folder, we can see everything except the exe:
Do not think it is a bug in .NET Core, but actually it is a feature. The dlls generated is nothing but the portable apps model which does not generate the exe. They are executed by the .NET Core shared run-time. You can just run the application by running the command dotnet run.
You can read nice explanation here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44038847/vs2017-compile-netcoreapp-as-exe
Generate the exe
But, if you really want to generate the exe then just run below command:
dotnet publish -c Debug -r win10-x64
Update: As per the comment below from Stig Schmidt Nielsson:
Fine tip, but one should consider to do a release or debug build. For release builds:
dotnet publish -c Release -r win10-x64
This command will generate the exe as you can see below:
This will create the stand alone apps which are similar to our old .NET applications. This allows us not to have .NET Core as the shared run-time in the target machines.
You can find valid run-time from here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/rid-catalog#rid-graph.
Hope this helps.
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