> Build projects with MSBuild and XBuild using Grunt


Build projects with MSBuild and XBuild using Grunt

This plugin requires Grunt ~0.4.0. In other words it should work on 0.4.0 or higher.

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide, as it explains how to create a Gruntfile as well as install and use Grunt plugins. Once you're familiar with that process, you may install this plugin with this command:

npm install grunt-msbuild --save-dev

Once the plugin has been installed, it may be enabled inside your Gruntfile with this line of JavaScript:


In your project's Gruntfile, add a section named msbuild to the data object passed into grunt.initConfig().

    msbuild: {
        dev: {
            src: ['ConsoleApplication5.csproj'],
            options: {
                projectConfiguration: 'Debug',
                targets: ['Clean', 'Rebuild'],
                version: 4.0,
                maxCpuCount: 4,
                buildParameters: {
                    WarningLevel: 2
                verbosity: 'quiet'
projectConfigurationConfiguration to pickRelease
targetsTargets to runBuild
version.NET version4.0
maxCpuCountNumber of cores to use1
consoleLoggerParametersCustomize Console Logger
buildParametersAdditional properties
verbosityVerbosity level (quiet, minimal, normal, detailed or diagnostic)normal

For more information, see MSBuild Command-Line Reference.

Pass a version parameter to the task options as shown above to select a specific MSBuild version.

The version number is used to look up the MSBuild executable. Old MSBuild versions are installed to the corresponding .NET Framework directory (under C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework). Recent MSBuild versions are installed to program files (C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild). The following version mappings are used:

Version.NET Framework directory
VersionMSBuild directory

If a version is not passed the task will attempt to locate version 12 of MSBuild which is installed with Visual Studio 2013, and will then fallback to 4.0.

If this task is run on OS X or Linux it will assume that xbuild is in the path and use that instead of MSBuild.

All contributions welcome :) Add to the VS integration tests for any new or changed functionality if possible.

If you have any problems with the latest release please log an issue at

If you need to roll back to an earlier version you can use the following syntax to install a specific version

npm install grunt-msbuild@0.1.12

Also see for details of how to specify a particular package version in your package.json file

2.0This version replaces exec() with spawn() to improve memory usage and also to support coloured console output.This has been tested internally.
0.1.12Support for MSBuild 12 added