# dotnet list package

This article applies to: ✔️ .NET Core 3.1 SDK and later versions

## Name

dotnet list package - Lists the package references for a project or solution.

## Synopsis

dotnet list [<PROJECT>|<SOLUTION>] package [--config <SOURCE>]
[--deprecated]
[--framework <FRAMEWORK>] [--highest-minor] [--highest-patch]
[--include-prerelease] [--include-transitive] [--interactive]
[--outdated] [--source <SOURCE>] [-v|--verbosity <LEVEL>]
[--vulnerable]

dotnet list package -h|--help


## Description

The dotnet list package command provides a convenient option to list all NuGet package references for a specific project or a solution. You first need to build the project in order to have the assets needed for this command to process. The following example shows the output of the dotnet list package command for the SentimentAnalysis project:

Project 'SentimentAnalysis' has the following package references
[netcoreapp2.1]:
Top-level Package               Requested   Resolved
> Microsoft.ML                  1.4.0       1.4.0
> Microsoft.NETCore.App   (A)   [2.1.0, )   2.1.0

(A) : Auto-referenced package.


The Requested column refers to the package version specified in the project file and can be a range. The Resolved column lists the version that the project is currently using and is always a single value. The packages displaying an (A) right next to their names represent implicit package references that are inferred from your project settings (Sdk type, or <TargetFramework> or <TargetFrameworks> property).

Use the --outdated option to find out if there are newer versions available of the packages you're using in your projects. By default, --outdated lists the latest stable packages unless the resolved version is also a prerelease version. To include prerelease versions when listing newer versions, also specify the --include-prerelease option. To update a package to the latest version, use dotnet add package.

The following example shows the output of the dotnet list package --outdated --include-prerelease command for the same project as the previous example:

The following sources were used:
https://api.nuget.org/v3/index.json
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\NuGetPackages\

Project SentimentAnalysis has the following updates to its packages
[netcoreapp2.1]:
Top-level Package      Requested   Resolved   Latest
> Microsoft.ML         1.4.0       1.4.0      1.5.0-preview


If you need to find out whether your project has transitive dependencies, use the --include-transitive option. Transitive dependencies occur when you add a package to your project that in turn relies on another package. The following example shows the output from running the dotnet list package --include-transitive command for the HelloPlugin project, which displays top-level packages and the packages they depend on:

Project 'HelloPlugin' has the following package references
[netcoreapp3.0]:
Transitive Package      Resolved
> PluginBase            1.0.0


## Arguments

PROJECT | SOLUTION

The project or solution file to operate on. If not specified, the command searches the current directory for one. If more than one solution or project is found, an error is thrown.

## Options

• --config <SOURCE>

The NuGet sources to use when searching for newer packages. Requires the --outdated option.

• --deprecated

Displays packages that have been deprecated.

• --framework <FRAMEWORK>

Displays only the packages applicable for the specified target framework. To specify multiple frameworks, repeat the option multiple times. For example: --framework net6.0 --framework netstandard2.0.

• -?|-h|--help

Prints out a description of how to use the command.

• --highest-minor

Considers only the packages with a matching major version number when searching for newer packages. Requires the --outdated or --deprecated option.

• --highest-patch

Considers only the packages with a matching major and minor version numbers when searching for newer packages. Requires the --outdated or --deprecated option.

• --include-prerelease

Considers packages with prerelease versions when searching for newer packages. Requires the --outdated or --deprecated option.

• --include-transitive

Lists transitive packages, in addition to the top-level packages. When specifying this option, you get a list of packages that the top-level packages depend on.

• --interactive

Allows the command to stop and wait for user input or action. For example, to complete authentication. Available since .NET Core 3.0 SDK.

• --outdated

Lists packages that have newer versions available.

• -s|--source <SOURCE>

The NuGet sources to use when searching for newer packages. Requires the --outdated or --deprecated option.

• -v|--verbosity <LEVEL>

Sets the verbosity level of the command. Allowed values are q[uiet], m[inimal], n[ormal], d[etailed], and diag[nostic]. The default is minimal. For more information, see LoggerVerbosity.

## Examples

• List package references of a specific project:

dotnet list SentimentAnalysis.csproj package

• List package references that have newer versions available, including prerelease versions:

dotnet list package --outdated --include-prerelease

• List package references for a specific target framework:

dotnet list package --framework netcoreapp3.0