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.NET Core 2.0.0 SDK

This package installs the .NET Core 2.0 SDK for your platform and provides the dotnet executable.

No elevation required.

Partners with the dotnet-2.0.0 (runtime) package.

Usable as a standalone but also for shipping .NET based packages:

Scenario 1: Global Installation

To make the dotnet command available globally, run

npm i -g dotnet-2.0.0      // for running dotnet apps
npm i -g dotnet-sdk-2.0.0  // for developing dotnet apps

Scenario 2: Dependency

When installed as a dependency of a package, the dotnet command will be available to that package's scripts. This enables a very simple development and shipping experience for platform-independent .NET based applications.


The following package.json uses both the dotnet-sdk-2.0.0 and dotnet-2.0.0 in order to simplify both developing and shipping the package.

  "name": "contoso",
  "version": "1.33.7",
  "description": "Contoso C# app",
  "scripts": {
    "build": "dotnet build src/contoso.csproj",
    "test": "dotnet test src/contoso.test.csproj",
    "start": "dotnet bin/netcoreapp2.0/contoso.dll"
  "devDependencies": {
    "dotnet-sdk-2.0.0": "*"
  "dependencies": {
    "dotnet-2.0.0": "*"

This allows consuming the contoso package easily as a standalone using

npx contoso

or when installed (e.g. as a dependency of another package) using

npm start

Unsurprisingly, during development the following commands will work:

npm run build
npm run test

Technical Details

Platform Independence

We created several platform-specific helper packages that actually provide the promised dotnet installation (e.g. dotnet-sdk-2.0.0-win). Such packages exist for Windows, Linux and MacOS. Here, we will merely determine the executing platform, acquire the corresponding package and populate .bin with scripts forwarding any calls to the actual binaries.

Installation Location

The platform-specific package (see above) is installed in a shared location in order to reliably deduplicate it across installations. By default, the installation location is ~/.net/2.0.0 since it is accessible without elevation.


npm i dotnet-sdk

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