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NuGet Home

The Home repository is the starting point for people to learn about NuGet, the project. If you're new to NuGet, and want to add packages to your own projects, check our docs. This repo contains pointers to the various GitHub repositories used by NuGet and allows folks to learn more about what's coming in NuGet.

NuGet is being actively developed by the .NET Foundation. NuGet is the package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET. The NuGet client tools provide the ability to produce and consume packages. The NuGet Gallery is the central package repository used by all package authors and consumers and has a live deployment at www.nuget.org.

Documentation and Further Learning

NuGet Docs

The NuGet Docs are the ideal place to start if you are new to NuGet. They are categorized in 3 broader topics:

NuGet Blog

The NuGet Blog is where we announce new features, write engineering blog posts, demonstrate proof-of-concepts and features under development.

Repos and Projects

We are working hard to make NuGet a modern package manager for .NET. The repos where the action around that is happening:

  • NuGetGallery - the NuGet Gallery
  • NuGet.CommandLine - the NuGet command-line tool
  • NuGet.VisualStudioExtension - the NuGet Visual Studio Extension and PowerShell CmdLets
  • NuGet.NuGet3 - the NuGet API v3 protocol client, NuGet's implementation of package versioning, NuGet's configuration implementation, readers for nupkgs, nuspecs, packages.config and various other NuGet packaging files.
  • NuGet.PackageManagement - reading and writing manifests of installed packages
  • NuGet2 - Is the code that was previously hosted on codeplex, it is currently actively developed for the NuGet Visual Studio 2013 & 2012 extensions and for the NuGet package NuGet.Core.

In the legacy department, we have the following repo:

  • NuGet (on CodePlex) - the NuGet command-line tool, Visual Studio 2010, 2012 & 2013 Extensions and PowerShell CmdLets. This repo is not tracked, issues are not looked into, and pull requets are not being considered. For any issue you want the NuGet team to address please use the repos specified below.

NuGet is backed by several core services:

While building NuGet, we sometimes need something that can be used outside of NuGet, too. Examples are:

A full list of all the repos is available as well.

How to build NuGet VisualStudio extension


  • VisualStudio 2015
  • VisualStudio 2015 SDK
  • Git
  • Powershell
  • Add the directory of msbuild 14, e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\14.0\Bin, to PATH
  • Download the latest version of nuget, www.nuget.org/nuget.exe, and add its directory to PATH

Steps to build:

  • Start powershell. Create a directory, cd into that directory
  • Run git clone https://github.com/NuGet/Home.git
  • Run Home\clone-repos.ps1
  • Run Home\build-nuget.ps1. The generated vsix will be NuGet.VisualStudioExtension\src\VsExtension\bin\Debug\NuGet.Tools.vsix.

NuGet Packages by the NuGet team

We dogfood all of our stuff. NuGet uses NuGet to build NuGet, so to speak. All of our NuGet packages, which you can use in your own projects as well, are available from our NuGet.org profile page. Note that we do not guarantee backward compatibility of these packages, they are to be used as public implementation details rather than a public API.


If you're having trouble with the NuGet.org Website, file a bug on the NuGet Gallery Issue Tracker.

If you're having trouble with the NuGet client tools (the Visual Studio extension, NuGet.exe command line tool, etc.), file a bug on NuGet Home.

Check out the contributing page to see the best places to log issues and start discussions. Note that not all of our repositories are open for contribution yet. Ping us if unsure.