Do you update your packages regularly?

Last updated by Zach Keeping [SSW] 4 months ago.See history

NuGet makes it easy to find and apply package updates – but this still must be performed manually.

Each package update should contain improvements but also involves a small amount of risk in the form of breaking changes or regressions.

Updating often can help mitigate this risk by ensuring that each individual update is smaller.

Recommended practice is to apply package updates at the start of a Sprint so that there is time to find and resolve issues introduced by the update.

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Figure: NuGet package updates

Updating packages

Visual Studio GUI

In Visual Studio, the NuGet Package Manager will give you a count of how many outdated packages are present in your solution and allow you to update these packages.

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Figure: The NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio displays a convenient badge with the amount of outdated packages (2 in this example)


If using the command line, you can use the following command to print the outdated packages in your solution:

dotnet list package --outdated

Outdated packages can then be updated by running the follow command, specifying the package and desired version:

dotnet add package <PACKAGE_NAME> -v <VERSION>

Package Manager Console

Visual Studio also provides a convenient command line tool for managing and updating packages using PowerShell, which allows for updating all packages easily. To access it, first open the Package Manager Console

Tools | NuGet Package Manager | Package Manager Console

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Figure: The Package Manager Console allows for easy management of packages using the command line

Now enter the following command:


This will update all packages in every project of your solution in one command.

To check for updates, you can use the following command:

Get-Package -Updates

Specific packages can be updated by specifying the package name:

Update-Package <PACKAGE_NAME>
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