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Command line

Get-Help Get-Package

:: Without any flags to see a list of installed packages

:: See a list of all packages
:: NuGet 3.0 Beta or higher, Get-Package also takes a -PageSize switch.
Get-Package -ListAvailable
:: Better to add a filter:
Get-Package -Filter Logging -ListAvailable
:: NuGet client 3.0 Beta or higher, these Get-Package commands can be replaced by
Find-Package Logging

Uninstall-Package elmah

:: Check for updates
Get-Package -updates
:: Update package
Update-Package jQuery


NuGet retrieves the package from the specified package source and installs it in the project that is selected in the Default project drop-down list (unless you specify a different project in the command).

The packages folder contains a subfolder for each installed package. This subfolder contains the files installed by the package. It also contains the package file itself (the .nupkg file, which is a .zip file that contains all of the files included in the package).

Install all the packages in the packages.config


Update-Package -reinstall -Project YourProjectName


If other packages were installed because they were dependencies of the package that you removed, and if no other packages remain that are dependent on the dependency packages, the dependency packages are also removed.

NuGet Powershell Profile

nuget docs: Setting-up-NuGet-PowerShell-Profile.

NuGet supports a NuGet specific profile typically located at: %UserProfile%\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\NuGet_profile.ps1.

The easiest way to find the profile file is to type $profile within the NuGet Package Manager Console.

:: C:\Users\philha\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\NuGet_profile.ps1

This file doesn't necessarily exist by default. You can run the following set of commands to create it.

mkdir -force (split-path $profile)
notepad $profile

Within the profile file, you can change PowerShell settings or add new commands you might find useful. Here is a simple example of adding a command that allows you to set the font.

function Set-FontSize {
        [ValidateRange(6, 128)]
        [Parameter(position=0, mandatory=$true)]
   $dte.Properties("FontsAndColors", "TextEditor").Item("FontSize").Value = $Size

Save the profile file and then restart Visual Studio. The next time you open the Package Manager Console, you will be able to make use of the Set-Font command: Set-FontSize 24.


Start package manger Console


From the Tools menu, select "Library Package Manager" and then click Package Manager Console.

Error “Id is required”

SO: nuget package install fails with error: id is required.


Install-Package Hangfire

Id is required.
Version is required.
Authors is required.
Description is required.

Solution: Go to Tools - Extension Manager - Updates - Update Nuget. In my case I had to update from version 1.0.11220.104 to 2.5.40416.9020.

Installed package not shown in references error while installing hangfire in vs2010.

Got it to work in VS2010, .NET 4.0 with a MVC4 using these nuget commands:

Install-Package Microsoft.Owin.Host.SystemWeb -Version 2.1.0
Install-Package HangFire -Version 0.9.1

0.9.1 is the last version that a supported 4.0. Also, you have to run with IIS & not the VS Development Server.