In this tutorial, let us look at how to Install ASP.NET Core and setup development environment. To get started with ASP.NET Core development, You need an IDE and .NET SDK (previously .NET Core SDK). In this tutorial we will show you where to find .NET SDK, how to install it & find out the current version of the SDK & Runtime. For IDE, we will use Visual Studio 2022 community edition, But you can also use Visual Studio Code if you are under Mac or Linux.
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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 2022.
Visual Studio 2022
Visual Studio 2022 Supports supports the .NET core 3.1, .NET 5, .NET 6 & .NET 7. It will not support the versions prior to .NET core 3.1
Click on the link How to download and install Visual Studio 2022 to install Visual Studio 2022
While Installing Visual Studio Choose ASP.NET Web development Workload
Visual studio 2019
Visual Studio 2019 supports .NET Core 3.1 & .NET 5. For Versions higher than .NET 5, you need to install Visual Studio 2022. Click on the link How to download and install Visual Studio 2019 to install the Visual Studio 2019
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 2017.
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 .NET SDK /.NET Core SDK
We need .NET SDK or .NET Core SDK to develop ASP.NET Core applications. .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 .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
where dotnet to find out the location of dotnet.exe.
You can also use
dotnet --info to list of all SDK & Core Version
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
Visual Studio Code from https://code.visualstudio.com
VS Code C# extension from https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-vscode.csharp
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 dot net cli, the new command-line interface.