You can use Visual Studio or .NET CLI for C# development. To install .NET CLI, visit the official .NET website:
As of this writing,
the current version of dotnet is
$ dotnet --version 6.0.201
dotnet --help provides the basic usage of the dotnet command:
$ dotnet --help .NET SDK (6.0.201) Usage: dotnet [runtime-options] [path-to-application] [arguments] Execute a .NET application. runtime-options: --additionalprobingpath <path> Path containing probing policy and assemblies to probe for. --additional-deps <path> Path to additional deps.json file. --depsfile Path to <application>.deps.json file. --fx-version <version> Version of the installed Shared Framework to use to run the application. --roll-forward <setting> Roll forward to framework version (LatestPatch, Minor, LatestMinor, Major, LatestMajor, Disable). --runtimeconfig Path to <application>.runtimeconfig.json file. path-to-application: The path to an application .dll file to execute. Usage: dotnet [sdk-options] [command] [command-options] [arguments] Execute a .NET SDK command. sdk-options: -d|--diagnostics Enable diagnostic output. -h|--help Show command line help. --info Display .NET information. --list-runtimes Display the installed runtimes. --list-sdks Display the installed SDKs. --version Display .NET SDK version in use. SDK commands: add Add a package or reference to a .NET project. build Build a .NET project. build-server Interact with servers started by a build. clean Clean build outputs of a .NET project. format Apply style preferences to a project or solution. help Show command line help. list List project references of a .NET project. msbuild Run Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) commands. new Create a new .NET project or file. nuget Provides additional NuGet commands. pack Create a NuGet package. publish Publish a .NET project for deployment. remove Remove a package or reference from a .NET project. restore Restore dependencies specified in a .NET project. run Build and run a .NET project output. sdk Manage .NET SDK installation. sln Modify Visual Studio solution files. store Store the specified assemblies in the runtime package store. test Run unit tests using the test runner specified in a .NET project. tool Install or manage tools that extend the .NET experience. vstest Run Microsoft Test Engine (VSTest) commands. workload Manage optional workloads. Additional commands from bundled tools: dev-certs Create and manage development certificates. fsi Start F# Interactive / execute F# scripts. sql-cache SQL Server cache command-line tools. user-secrets Manage development user secrets. watch Start a file watcher that runs a command when files change. Run 'dotnet [command] --help' for more information on a command.
If you want to use Visual Studio instead of the dotnet CLI (e.g., on Windows or Mac), then you can download the free community edition from the Visual Studio official website:
Now that we have a development environment set up, let's try creating a simple program.
- Next Step: Creating the first program in C#