Installing NuGet Packages in Visual Studio Code


In this Byte we'll show you how to install NuGet packages in Visual Studio Code. NuGet is a popular .NET package manager, and in this article, we'll explore different methods of installing NuGet packages directly within VS Code.

Installing NuGet Package with Package Manager GUI

VS Code supports a GUI for the NuGet Package Manager. To install a package using this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the NuGet Package Manager by clicking on Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Manage NuGet Packages for Solution.
  2. In the opened window, click Browse and search for the package you want to install.
  3. Select the package and click Install.
$ Install-Package Newtonsoft.Json -Version 12.0.3

NuGet Gallery Extension for Package Installation

Another way to install NuGet packages is by using the NuGet Gallery extension. Here's how to do it:

  1. Install the NuGet Gallery extension by searching it in the Extensions view (shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+X).
  2. Once installed, you can search for NuGet packages directly in the Command Palette (Ctrl+Shift+P) by typing NuGet Gallery: Open.
$ Install-Package Newtonsoft.Json -Version 12.0.3

Other Extensions for NuGet Package Installation

There are also other extensions available for NuGet package installation. Some of these include:

  • NuGet Package Manager: A simple and easy-to-use NuGet package manager.
  • NuGet Reverse Package Search (Ctrl+P): Allows you to search for NuGet packages using the package's namespace, type, or method.

To install any of these extensions, you can search for them in the Extensions view (Ctrl+Shift+X), and click Install.


In this Byte, we've looked at a few ways to install NuGet packages in VS Code, including the NuGet Package Manager GUI, the NuGet Gallery extension, and other extensions. These tools make it easy to manage and install NuGet packages directly within Visual Studio Code.

Last Updated: August 11th, 2023
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