Installing & Setting Up ASP.NET Core Development Environment

In this tutorial, let us look at how to set up an ASP.NET Core development environment. To get started with ASP.NET Core development, You need an IDE and .NET Core SDK. In this tutorial we will show you where to find .NET Core SDK, how to install it & find out the current version of the SDK & Runtime. For IDE, we will use Visual Studio 2019 community edition, But you can also use Visual Studio Code if you are under Mac or Linux.

Installing Visual Studio

Visual Studio is the IDE of choice when it comes to developing Application in Windows OS. You need to install the latest edition of Visual Studio 2019.

Visual Studio 2019

Visual Studio 2019 Supports all Version of .NET Core including the latest version 3.1.

Click on the link How to download and install Visual Studio 2019 to install Visual Studio 2019

While Installing Visual Studio Choose ASP.NET Web development Workload

Visual Studio 2017

You can use Visual Studio 2017, only if you are using .NET Core 2.1 or less. You need to use Visual Studio 2017 Update 15.3.4 or higher. Click on the link How to download and install Visual Studio 2017 to install the Visual Studio.

Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 works only if you are using .NET Core version <= 1.1, which is no longer supported by Microsoft

Installing DOT NET Core SDK

We need DOT Net Core SDK to develop ASP.NET Core applications. Dot Net Core is installed along with the Visual Studio 2019. In case if it is not installed, then you can download it and install it from the following link how to download & Install dot net core

How to find out which dot net core version is installed on your PC

Open the folder C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk or C:\Program Files (x86)\dotnet\sdk. You should be able to see all the Dot net Core versions installed in your PC

You can check the version of the Dot net core runtime from the folder C:\Program Files\dotnet\shared\Microsoft.NETCore.App

Find out the version of the dotnet core installed from the command line using the command

dotnet sdk version from the command line

Use where dotnet to find out the location of dotnet.exe.

Where dotnet command

You can also use dotnet --info to list of all SDK & Core Version

dotnet info

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is another option for the IDE. This is the ideal option if you are on a Mac or Linux.

You need to install the following

.NET Core 2.0.0 SDK or later from
Visual Studio Code from
VS Code C# extension from


In this tutorial, we looked at how to install the prerequisites needed for developing Application with ASP.NET Core. In the next tutorial, we will look at the dotnet cli, the new command-line interface.

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