Install NuGet Packages in Visual Studio
NuGet packages a hugely important part of the .NET ecosystem. Learn how to get NuGet packages installed and running on your machine.
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NuGet packages are pre-defined pieces of code which are reusable for other developers. You can add a NuGet package to your project and use it's functionality wherever you want in your project. We can also say that NuGet behaves like a platform, where developers can create and share code with the world. It contains code that's compiled as DLL which is nearly impossible to decrypt.
- Visual Studio
Step 1: Create a Project
- We can install NuGet packages in any .NET project which supports the same target framework as our project.
- For this demo, I'm using a standard MVC Project.
Step 2: Open the NuGet Package Manager
Now, there are two options for opening the Nuget Package Manager window.
Select Tools > Nuget Package Manager > Manage Nuget Packages for Solution.
2. Go to your Solution Explorer, right-click on References, and choose Manage NuGet Packages.
Step 3: Search and Install Your Required NuGet Package
- In this window, you can search for, install, uninstall and update any Nuget Package. You can also see a full list of your installed NuGet packages.
- Once you click on the Install button and click on 'I Agree' in the permissions pop-up window, then that particular package will be installed/added to your project.
- Here, I am installing the EntityFramwork Nuget Package.
Once the package is installed successfully, this message will be displayed.
Here, You can see your installed project. Go to Solution Explorer > Reference, and expand it.
Now you can access that package/code from your project.
Note: You can also install NuGet packages for multiple projects at the same time and in the same place.
Installing NuGet Using the Package Manager Console
Step 1: Select Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Package Manager Console
It will open the console at the bottom of the window.
Step 2: Select Your Project and Execute the Below Command to Install the Package
If your command is valid, then the package will be installed in your project.
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