NuGet (pronounced "New Get") is a package manager designed to enable developers to share reusable code. It is a software as a service solution whose client app is free and open-source. The Outercurve Foundation initially created it under the name NuPack. Since its introduction in 2010, NuGet has evolved into a larger ecosystem of tools and services.
|Developer(s)||Microsoft, .NET Foundation|
|Initial release||5 October 2010|
6.0 / 9 November 2021
|Type||Package management system|
|License||Apache License 2.0|
NuGet is a package manager for developers. It enables developers to share and consume useful code. A NuGet package is a single ZIP file that bears a
.nupkg filename extension and contains .NET assemblies and their needed files.
NuGet was initially distributed as a Visual Studio extension. Starting with Visual Studio 2012, both Visual Studio and Visual Studio for Mac can natively consume NuGet packages. NuGet's client,
nuget.exe is a free and open-source, command-line app that can both create and consume packages. MSBuild and .NET Core SDK (
dotnet.exe) can use it when it is present. NuGet is also integrated with SharpDevelop.
It supports multiple programming languages, including:
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