dotnet-tool-run 0.1.0

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dotnet tool install --global dotnet-tool-run --version 0.1.0
This package contains a .NET tool you can call from the shell/command line.
dotnet new tool-manifest # if you are setting up this repo
dotnet tool install --local dotnet-tool-run --version 0.1.0
This package contains a .NET tool you can call from the shell/command line.
#tool dotnet:?package=dotnet-tool-run&version=0.1.0
nuke :add-package dotnet-tool-run --version 0.1.0


.NET Tool Release Nuget

A simple .NET tool to execute other dotnet tools without installing them globally or in a project (a similar approach to npx from npm).

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This simple tool provides the minimum necessary to run dotnet tools without the need of installing them globally or in a project, since this is not yet supported in dotnet cli.


  • Cache. This tool provides caching of used tools in a temporary directory (for better performance).

  • Version and framework selection. You can specify whatever version you want and the target framework to use in every run.

  • SourceLink for debugging. The binaries can be debbuged with Source Link. Example (with Developer Command Prompt for VS): devenv /debugexe c:\Users\rich\.dotnet\tools\dotnet-tool-run.exe


dotnet-tool-run [options] <TOOL> [<TOOL-ARGS>...]

Where the arguments and options are the following:

  <TOOL>         The NuGet Package Id of the tool to execute
  <TOOL-ARGS>    Arguments to pass to the tool to execute

  -v, --version <version>        Version of the tool to use
  -f, --framework <framework>    Target framework for the tool
  -?, -h, --help                 Show help and usage information

This same output can be obtained running the tool with the help option:

dotnet-tool-run -h

Example with the simple dotnetsay tool:

dotnet-tool-run dotnetsay Hello World!!


Install the dotnet cli (included in the .NET SDK) and then run the following command:

dotnet tool install -g dotnet-tool-run


Feel free to open an issue or a PR if you want to without any problem 😃


This project is licensed under the MIT License.

See the LICENSE file in the root of this repository.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net5.0 is compatible.  net5.0-windows was computed.  net6.0 was computed.  net6.0-android was computed.  net6.0-ios was computed.  net6.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net6.0-macos was computed.  net6.0-tvos was computed.  net6.0-windows was computed.  net7.0 was computed.  net7.0-android was computed.  net7.0-ios was computed.  net7.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net7.0-macos was computed.  net7.0-tvos was computed.  net7.0-windows was computed.  net8.0 was computed.  net8.0-android was computed.  net8.0-browser was computed.  net8.0-ios was computed.  net8.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net8.0-macos was computed.  net8.0-tvos was computed.  net8.0-windows was computed. 
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