In this article we discuss a simple way to create, configure and publish your first c# library through personal NuGet repository.
- Download NuGet.exe from https://docs.nuget.org/create/creating-and-publishing-a-package
- Add environment variable path that refer the installed nuget.exe file
- Build your project in Release mode
- Get the “bin” folder path where you can retrieve the project assembly
- Move under your project bin/release folder and copy the generated *.ddl (pay attention: copy only your project assembly file and not all the dependencies) and paste in a new different folder
- In this folder create these two folders:
- lib – contains only the project dlls
- content – contains all the solution content after the build process (Release mode) without the “bin” and “obj” folders
- Open cmd with admin priviledges:
- move under the temp folder where you create the folder at the step above
- enter in the lib folder (> cd lib)
- run > nuget.exe spec MyAssembly.dll
- this creates a Nuspec file
- move the .nuspec file outside the lib folder
- you must now have this configuration inside the folder:
- edit the NuSpec file as needed (see the section below)
- then run > nuget.exe pack MyAssembly.nuspec
- a new MyAssembly.nupkg was created.
Nuspec file configuration
<?xml version="1.0"?> <package> <metadata> <id>MyAssembly</id> <version>1.0.0</version> <authors>Tier-1</authors> <owners>Tier-1</owners> <licenseUrl>http://LICENSE_URL_HERE_OR_DELETE_THIS_LINE</licenseUrl> <projectUrl>http://PROJECT_URL_HERE_OR_DELETE_THIS_LINE</projectUrl> <iconUrl>http://ICON_URL_HERE_OR_DELETE_THIS_LINE</iconUrl> <requireLicenseAcceptance>false</requireLicenseAcceptance> <description></description> <releaseNotes>Summary of changes made in this release of the package.</releaseNotes> <copyright>Copyright 2015</copyright> <tags>Tag1 Tag2</tags> <dependencies> <dependency id="Newtonsoft.Json" version="7.0.1" /> <dependency id="NLog" version="4.2.1" /> <dependency id="NLog.Config" version="4.2.1" /> <dependency id="NLog.Schema" version="4.2.1" /> </dependencies> </metadata> </package>
In the .nuspec file you can configure all the dependencies that you dll requires. In this way the NuGet repository can download the dependencies when a client install your NuGet package.
Now you can provide this package and retrieve via Visual Studio as all the other libraries.