Installing and Updating NuGet Client

NuGet is available for the following clients:

  1. Visual Studio 2013: Visual Studio Extension Gallery
  2. Visual Studio 2010 and 2012: Visual Studio Extension Gallery
  3. Visual Studio 2015: Visual Studio Extension Gallery
  4. Command-Line Utility Latest 2.X : Direct Download
  5. Command-Line Utility Latest 3.X : Direct Download

A general download page is available here

Visual Studio

To check if your copy of Visual Studio already has the NuGet extension, look for Library Package Manager in the Tools menu of Visual Studio. If your copy of Visual Studio does not already have the Library Package Manager (NuGet) extension, you can install it using the Extension Manager.

For Visual Studio 2010, NuGet is available through the Visual Studio Extension Manager. The extension can be installed into the Professional, Premium, and Ultimate editions. Additionally, the extension can be installed into Visual Web Developer 2010 Express

Starting with Visual Studio 2012, NuGet is included in every edition (except Team Foundation Server) by default. Updates to NuGet can be found through the Extension Manager.

To download the extension for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 directly, it can be found on the Visual Studio Extension Gallery.

For newer versions of Visual Studio, check the general download page here

Command-Line Utility

A command-line NuGet utility is also available. This utility can be used to create, publish, and download packages. This utility is also used for NuGet Package Restore which allows packages to be omitted from source control but downloaded as part of your build.

The latest version of the nuget.exe command-line tool is always available from our dist share. Note that this link might introduce breaking changes as it points to the absolute latest RTM build of NuGet.

Because there are a few breaking changes introduced in NuGet 3.2 is pointing to the NuGet 2.X latest release, to prevent CI systems from auto upgrading and potentially breaking.

Using the Visual Studio Extension Manager

In Visual Studio, click Tools and then Extension Manager. Naviging to Online, find the NuGet Package Manager extension and click Download.

Extension Manager showing NuGet

In the Installer dialog box, click Install.

Visual Studio Extension Installer

When installation is complete, close and re-open Visual Studio.

Visual Studio Extension Installer Complete

NuGet is now ready to use.

Updating NuGet in Visual Studio

You can update NuGet using the Visual Studio Extension Manager. Navigate to the Extension Manager and click on the Updates tab to check for updates.

If there is a new version of NuGet you will see it in the list of available updates.

Extension Manager showing a new version of NuGet available

Select NuGet in the list and click Update. When the update is complete, close and re-open all open instances of Visual Studio.

Installing a CI build

We currently don't provide the latest VSIX CI builds, but are looking into restoring this at some point. CI builds for the command line tools and packages are available on