How to use a custom NuGet feed in Visual Studio 2017

Posted by Carl-Hugo Marcotte on August 6, 2017

How to use a custom NuGet feed in Visual Studio 2017

This article will be very brief. In it, I will show you how to use the ForEvolve Framework feed. This could be applied to any other NuGet feed, including your own. Take a look at MyGet if you want one :smile:.

Acquiring the NuGet feed URI

In the ForEvolve Table of content project, you can find the feed URI, which is:

https://www.myget.org/F/forevolve/api/v3/index.json

Setting up Visual Studio

In Visual Studio, you can access the NuGet feeds settings in a few different ways.

First method

Go to: Tools > Options > NuGet Package Manager > Package Source

Tip: type nuget in the search box :smile:.

Visual Studio Options

Second method

In the project or the solution, in the Manage NuGet Packages... window, click the “gear icon.”

Manage NuGet Packages... - gear icon highlighted

Create the feed

Once you reached that window:

  1. Click the green + icon
  2. In the bottom, name the feed (instead of Package source) and paste in the URI (instead of http://packagesource)
  3. Click the Update button
  4. Click OK

You can now use the feed in all your projects!

NuGet Package Manager - Package Source

Where to see what feed is in use?

When you manage your project or solution packages, make sure the dropdown list is set to “All” or to the feed you want to use.

Manage NuGet Packages... - Package source

Example

If you choose the “ForEvolve” feed and check the Include prerelease checkbox, you should see something like this:

Manage NuGet Packages... - Package source

The selected package is the meta-package. You can always use this one if you don’t need fine grained package selection.

That’s it!

You know how to add and use custom NuGet feeds.

Happy coding!





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