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Getting started with .net-core

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.NET Core is a general purpose development platform maintained by Microsoft and the .NET community on GitHub.

The following characteristics best define .NET Core:

  • Flexible deployment: Can be included in your app or installed side-by-side user- or machine-wide.
  • Cross-platform: Runs on Windows, macOS and Linux; can be ported to other OSes. The supported Operating Systems (OS), CPUs and application scenarios will grow over time, provided by Microsoft, other companies, and individuals. .NET can also be used in device, cloud, and embedded/IoT scenarios.
  • Command-line tools: All product scenarios can be exercised at the command-line.
  • Compatible: .NET Core is compatible with .NET Framework, Xamarin and Mono, via the .NET Standard Library.
  • Open source: The .NET Core platform is open source, using MIT and Apache 2 licenses. Documentation is licensed under CC-BY. .NET Core is a .NET Foundation project.
  • Supported by Microsoft: .NET Core is supported by Microsoft, per .NET Core Support


.NET Core is composed of the following parts:

  • A .NET runtime which provides a type system, assembly loading, a garbage collector, native interop, and other basic services.
  • A set of framework libraries which provide primitive data types, app composition types, and fundamental utilities.
  • A set of SDK tools and language compilers that enable the base developer experience, available in the .NET Core SDK.
  • The 'dotnet' app host which launches .NET Core apps. The app host selects and hosts the runtime, provides an assembly loading policy, and launches the app. The same host is also used to launch SDK tools in a similar fashion.

(Source: official documentation.)


.NET Core

VersionRelease Date

Building a Hello World Sample Application

Create an empty directory somewhere ...

mkdir HelloWorld
cd HelloWorld

Then use the built in scaffolding technology to create a Hello World sample

dotnet new console -o 

This command creates two files:

  • HelloWorld.csproj describes the project dependencies, settings, and Target Framework
  • Program.cs which defines the source code for the main entry point and the console emitting of "Hello World".

If the dotnet new command fails, make sure you have installed .NET Core properly. Open the Program.cs file in your favorite editor to inspect it:

namespace ConsoleApplication
    public class Program
        public static void Main(string[] args)
            Console.WriteLine("Hello World!");

To restore the project dependencies and the .NET runtime, execute

dotnet restore

To compile the application and execute it, enter

dotnet run

This last command prints "Hello World" to the console.

Installation from a binary archive

Note: These instructions are targeted at .NET Core 1.0.4 & 1.1.1 SDK 1.0.1 and higher.

When using binary archives to install, we recommend the contents be extracted to /opt/dotnet and a symbolic link created for dotnet. If an earlier release of .NET Core is already installed, the directory and symbolic link may already

sudo mkdir -p /opt/dotnet
sudo tar zxf [tar.gz filename] -C /opt/dotnet
sudo ln -s /opt/dotnet/dotnet /usr/local/bin

Ubuntu installation


Set up package source

The first step is to establish the source feed for the package manager. This is only needed if you have not previously set up the source or if you are installing on Ubuntu 16.10 for the first time.

Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17


sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] trusty main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dotnetdev.list'
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 417A0893
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dotnet-dev-1.0.1

Installed packages


Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18


sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] xenial main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dotnetdev.list'
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 417A0893
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dotnet-dev-1.0.1

Installed packages


Ubuntu 16.10


sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] yakkety main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dotnetdev.list'
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 417A0893
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dotnet-dev-1.0.1

Installed packages


source Official Documentation

Installation or Setup

Install .NET Core on macOS 10.11+, after install homebrew:

brew update
brew install openssl
mkdir -p /usr/local/lib
ln -s /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libcrypto.1.0.0.dylib /usr/local/lib/
ln -s /usr/local/opt/openssl/lib/libssl.1.0.0.dylib /usr/local/lib/

Install .NET Core SDK from

Official Microsoft .NET Core page with installation guides for Windows, Linux, Mac and Docker

Detailed instructions on getting .net-core set up or installed.