.NET now has a dotnet command line interface (CLI). Commands like dotnet build and dotnet test can be ran directly from the command line.

If you’re working with private NuGet packages, that is packages not available on the public nuget.org registry, you may encounter some challenges using the dotnet CLI.

Here’s a few items you may find helpful:

Move nuget.config (if inside .nuget folder)

Private package sources may exist in the nuget.config file. If this file is located at .nuget/nuget.config (that is, inside a .nuget folder), the dotnet CLI may have difficulty finding and using it. Consequently, the dotnet CLI might be unable to locate a package.

If you’re having difficulty try moving the nuget.config file up a folder out of the .nuget folder.

Provide credentials (if needed)

In addition to the dotnet CLI knowing about the private NUGet package sources the dotnet CLI may need credentials to access the private package registry.

If you’re working with Azure DevOps the Azure Artifacts Credential Provider is helpful. If you’re using GitHub Packages try the Configuring dotnet CLI for use with GitHub Packages documentation. If you’re using another package registry try searching for a solution.


I hope this helps resolve any issues you’re having, let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed!