dotnet new <TEMPLATE>

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


dotnet new - Creates a new project, configuration file, or solution based on the specified template.


dotnet new <TEMPLATE> [--dry-run] [--force] [-lang|--language {"C#"|"F#"|VB}]
    [-n|--name <OUTPUT_NAME>] [-f|--framework <FRAMEWORK>] [--no-update-check]
    [-o|--output <OUTPUT_DIRECTORY>] [--project <PROJECT_PATH>]
    [-d|--diagnostics] [--verbosity <LEVEL>] [Template options]

dotnet new -h|--help


The dotnet new command creates a .NET project or other artifacts based on a template.

The command calls the template engine to create the artifacts on disk based on the specified template and options.


Starting with the .NET 7 SDK, the dotnet new syntax has changed:

  • The --list, --search, --install, and --uninstall options became list, search, install, and uninstall subcommands.
  • The --update-apply option became the update subcommand.
  • To use --update-check, use the update subcommand with the --check-only option.

Other options that were available before are still available to use with their respective subcommands. Separate help for each subcommand is available via the -h or --help option: dotnet new <subcommand> --help lists all supported options for the subcommand.

Additionally, tab completion is now available for dotnet new. It supports completion for installed template names and for the options a selected template provides. To activate tab completion for the .NET SDK, see Enable tab completion.

Tab completion

Starting with .NET SDK 7.0.100, tab completion is available for dotnet new. It supports completion for installed template names, as well as completion for the options a selected template provides. To activate tab completion for the .NET SDK, see Enable tab completion.

Implicit restore

You don't have to run dotnet restore because it's run implicitly by all commands that require a restore to occur, such as dotnet new, dotnet build, dotnet run, dotnet test, dotnet publish, and dotnet pack. To disable implicit restore, use the --no-restore option.

The dotnet restore command is still useful in certain scenarios where explicitly restoring makes sense, such as continuous integration builds in Azure DevOps Services or in build systems that need to explicitly control when the restore occurs.

For information about how to manage NuGet feeds, see the dotnet restore documentation.



    The template to instantiate when the command is invoked. Each template might have specific options you can pass. For more information, see Template options.

    You can run dotnet new list to see a list of all installed templates.

    Starting with .NET Core 3.0 SDK and ending with .NET SDK 5.0.300, the CLI searches for templates in when you invoke the dotnet new command in the following conditions:

    • If the CLI can't find a template match when invoking dotnet new, not even partial.
    • If there's a newer version of the template available. In this case, the project or artifact is created but the CLI warns you about an updated version of the template.

    Starting with .NET SDK 5.0.300, the search command should be used to search for templates in

The following table shows the templates that come pre-installed with the .NET SDK. The default language for the template is shown inside the brackets. Click on the short name link to see the specific template options.

Templates Short name Language Tags Introduced
Console Application console [C#], F#, VB Common/Console 1.0
Class library classlib [C#], F#, VB Common/Library 1.0
WPF Application wpf [C#], VB Common/WPF 3.0 (5.0 for VB)
WPF Class library wpflib [C#], VB Common/WPF 3.0 (5.0 for VB)
WPF Custom Control Library wpfcustomcontrollib [C#], VB Common/WPF 3.0 (5.0 for VB)
WPF User Control Library wpfusercontrollib [C#], VB Common/WPF 3.0 (5.0 for VB)
Windows Forms (WinForms) Application winforms [C#], VB Common/WinForms 3.0 (5.0 for VB)
Windows Forms (WinForms) Class library winformslib [C#], VB Common/WinForms 3.0 (5.0 for VB)
Worker Service worker [C#] Common/Worker/Web 3.0
Unit Test Project mstest [C#], F#, VB Test/MSTest 1.0
NUnit 3 Test Project nunit [C#], F#, VB Test/NUnit 2.1.400
NUnit 3 Test Item nunit-test [C#], F#, VB Test/NUnit 2.2
xUnit Test Project xunit [C#], F#, VB Test/xUnit 1.0
Razor Component razorcomponent [C#] Web/ASP.NET 3.0
Razor Page page [C#] Web/ASP.NET 2.0
MVC ViewImports viewimports [C#] Web/ASP.NET 2.0
MVC ViewStart viewstart [C#] Web/ASP.NET 2.0
Blazor Web App blazor [C#] Web/Blazor 8.0.100
Blazor WebAssembly Standalone App blazorwasm [C#] Web/Blazor/WebAssembly/PWA 3.1.300
ASP.NET Core Empty web [C#], F# Web/Empty 1.0
ASP.NET Core Web App (Model-View-Controller) mvc [C#], F# Web/MVC 1.0
ASP.NET Core Web App webapp, razor [C#] Web/MVC/Razor Pages 2.2, 2.0
Razor Class Library razorclasslib [C#] Web/Razor/Library/Razor Class Library 2.1
ASP.NET Core Web API webapi [C#], F# Web/Web API/API/Service/WebAPI 1.0
ASP.NET Core API webapiaot [C#] Web/Web API/API/Service 8.0
ASP.NET Core API controller apicontroller [C#] Web/ASP.NET 8.0
ASP.NET Core gRPC Service grpc [C#] Web/gRPC 3.0
dotnet gitignore file gitignore Config 3.0
global.json file globaljson Config 2.0
NuGet Config nugetconfig Config 1.0
Dotnet local tool manifest file tool-manifest Config 3.0
Web Config webconfig Config 1.0
Solution File sln Solution 1.0
Protocol Buffer File proto Web/gRPC 3.0
EditorConfig file editorconfig Config 6.0

The following table shows templates that have been discontinued and no longer come pre-installed with the .NET SDK. Click on the short name link to see the specific template options.

Templates Short name Language Tags Discontinued since
ASP.NET Core with Angular angular [C#] Web/MVC/SPA 8.0
ASP.NET Core with React.js react [C#] Web/MVC/SPA 8.0
Blazor Server App blazorserver [C#] Web/Blazor 8.0
Blazor Server App Empty blazorserver-empty [C#] Web/Blazor 8.0
Blazor WebAssembly App Empty blazorwasm-empty [C#] Web/Blazor/WebAssembly 8.0


  • --dry-run

    Displays a summary of what would happen if the given command were run if it would result in a template creation. Available since .NET Core 2.2 SDK.

  • --force

    Forces content to be generated even if it would change existing files. This is required when the template chosen would override existing files in the output directory.

  • -?|-h|--help

    Prints out help for the command. It can be invoked for the dotnet new command itself or for any template. For example, dotnet new mvc --help.

  • -lang|--language {C#|F#|VB}

    The language of the template to create. The language accepted varies by the template (see defaults in the arguments section). Not valid for some templates.


    Some shells interpret # as a special character. In those cases, enclose the language parameter value in quotes. For example, dotnet new console -lang "F#".

  • -n|--name <OUTPUT_NAME>

    The name for the created output. If no name is specified, the name of the current directory is used.

  • -f|--framework <FRAMEWORK>

    Specifies the target framework. It expects a target framework moniker (TFM). Examples: "net6.0", "net7.0-macos". This value will be reflected in the project file.

  • -no-update-check

    Disables checking for template package updates when instantiating a template. Available since .NET SDK 6.0.100. When instantiating the template from a template package that was installed by using dotnet new --install, dotnet new checks if there is an update for the template. Starting with .NET 6, no update checks are done for .NET default templates. To update .NET default templates, install the patch version of the .NET SDK.

  • -o|--output <OUTPUT_DIRECTORY>

    Location to place the generated output. The default is the current directory.

  • --project <PROJECT_PATH>

    The project that the template is added to. This project is used for context evaluation. If not specified, the project in the current or parent directories will be used. Available since .NET SDK 7.0.100.

  • -d|--diagnostics

    Enables diagnostic output. Available since .NET SDK 7.0.100.

  • -v|--verbosity <LEVEL>

    Sets the verbosity level of the command. Allowed values are q[uiet], m[inimal], n[ormal], and diag[nostic]. Available since .NET SDK 7.0.100.

Template options

Each template may have additional options defined. For more information, see .NET default templates for dotnet new.


  • Create a C# console application project:

    dotnet new console
  • Create an F# console application project in the current directory:

    dotnet new console --language "F#"
  • Create a .NET Standard 2.0 class library project in the specified directory:

    dotnet new classlib --framework "netstandard2.0" -o MyLibrary
  • Create a new ASP.NET Core C# MVC project in the current directory with no authentication:

    dotnet new mvc -au None
  • Create a new xUnit project:

    dotnet new xunit
  • Create a global.json in the current directory setting the SDK version to 8.0.101:

    dotnet new globaljson --sdk-version 8.0.101
  • Show help for the C# console application template:

    dotnet new console -h
  • Show help for the F# console application template:

    dotnet new console --language "F#" -h

See also