Announcing NuGet 3.5 RC

Harikrishna Menon

NuGet 3.5 Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2015, nuget.exe and NuGet 2.12 RTM for Visual Studio 2013 releases provide quality improvements, performance improvements, .NET Core CLI support, and new target frameworks like netstandard and netcoreapp for our users.


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New Features

Support for new Target Frameworks

.NET Standard and Net Core App TFM support is now available for Visual Studio 2012 users via the 2.12 release. 3.5 Beta 2 also now supports netstandard1.6 TFM for Visual Studio 2015 users. .NET Standard provides a more concrete guarantee of binary portability to future .NET-capable platforms with an easier-to-understand platform versioning plan.


We have started to lay the groundwork for the support for a new PackageType property in nuspec which enables package authors to classify their packages (E.g Dependencies, Tools etc..). More information on this is available in the PackageType spec here.

MinClientVersion support in project.json

Project.json now supports MinClientVersion. You can now version packages that depend on newer NuGet versions so that you can prevent users from running into issues while trying to install packages using older versions of NuGet.

Release Notes

3.5 Beta 2

2.12 RTM

Issues List

3.5 Beta 2

2.12 RTM

What’s Next

The team is now shifting gears into transitioning .NET CLI from project.json into MSBuild and investing in performance and quality of the product.

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