Preparing for dotnet cli

There was a ton of cool that came out of the Connect()( event. For me the announcement of ASP.NET 5 going RC was a great milestone.

  • Go Live License with support
  • Linux, Windows, OS X
  • Installers available -

Checkout Cleanshave available on GitHub an ASP.NET 5 & Angular 2 template called .

There were a bunch of other items announced such as open sourcing Visual Studio Code ( and showing off Glimpse.

What's Next

One of the things shown was the dotnet cli. This is the next iteration of the command line tooling for .NET. Currently we are typing dnx run for console applications or dnx web for web apps. The dnu restore command is used to download and install the packages from nuget. And there are a list of other commands related to dnx,dnu.

In the next release, RC2, slated for sometime in Q1 2016. The commands will be reduced to:

dotnet run  
dotnet compile  
dotnet pack  
dotnet restore  
dotnet publish  

Notice that consistency with the actual command name dotnet? If you have been in other technologies like node.js, ruby or python; the cli is similar on that platform. Typing node [arg] or python [arg].

In the interest of getting the fingers ready, I created a simple function/alias for the current common dnx,dnu commands and mapped them to the new dotnet command for my OS X dev machine.

I added this to my ~/.bashrc and now to run my ASP.NET 5 web apps I can type dotnet restore and dotnet run.

### dnvm list ...
### dnx web -> dotnet run
### dnx run -> dotnet run
### dnu publish -> dotnet publish
### dnu build -> dotnet compile
### dnu restore -> dotnet restore
### dnu install -> dotnet install

function dotnet() {  
     local c=$1;
     local args=$2;
     local opt=$3

case $c in  
'run')      dnx web  
'publish')  dnu publish $args $opt  
'compile') dnu build $args $opt  
'restore') dnu restore  
'install') dnu install $args $opt  
'list')    dnvm list  


Of course, some of this is subject to change. And the dnx and dnu commands are still valid and operable. Feel free to share.

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Hi, I'm Shayne Boyer, I write this site, work on ASP.NET Core content and Open Source, speak at national and community events while helping teams architect web and cloud applications.

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