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Developer(s)Microsoft, .NET Foundation
Initial release5 October 2010; 12 years ago (2010-10-05)
Stable release
6.3.1[1] / 11 October 2022; 24 days ago (2022-10-11)
Written inC#
Platform.NET Framework
TypePackage management system
LicenseApache License 2.0 Edit this on Wikidata

NuGet (pronounced "New Get")[2] 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.[3][4] Since its introduction in 2010, NuGet has evolved into a larger ecosystem of tools and services.[5]


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 .nupack or .nupkg filename extension and contains .NET assemblies and their needed files.[6]

NuGet was initially distributed as a Visual Studio extension. Starting with Visual Studio 2012, both Visual Studio and Visual Studio for Mac can natively utilise 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.[6] NuGet is also integrated with SharpDevelop.

It supports multiple programming languages, including:

See also


  1. ^ "NuGet 6.3 Release Notes".
  2. ^ And The Winner Is, NuGet, Retrieved on 24 March 2020.
  3. ^ Haack, Phil. "NuGet". Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  4. ^ Haack, Phil (21 October 2010). "Changing the NuPack Project Name". OuterCurve Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  5. ^ An Overview of the NuGet Ecosystem. CodeProject (18 August 2013). Retrieved on 6 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b karann-msft. "What is NuGet and what does it do?". Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  7. ^ "NuGet for C++". 26 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.