Using NuGet to add functionality to your app


NuGet and packages

Developers share libraries and resources by bundling their work into packages. A package can be pulled into Visual Studio to provide extra functionality to projects (for example, to add support for JSON or add animation routines to XAML).

NuGet is the package manager for .NET and UWP projects (as well as Windows Forms and WPF projects). Browse the package catalog with NuGet to install, update, or delete packages from your project. NuGet is built into Visual Studio, so you don't have to leave the IDE.

Installing a NuGet package

Let's use NuGet to install new XAML animation features from the Win2D package:

  1. Click Project and select Manage NuGet Packages.

    Screenshot of the project menu in Visual Studio. The project menu option and manage NuGet packages option are highlighted.

  2. Click Browse (upper-left), type Win2D in the search box, and press Enter. A list of available packages is displayed.

    Screenshot of the NuGet package manager within Visual Studio. The search bar (and relevant package) are highlighted.

  3. Select Win2D.uwp from the list and click the Install button. The package begins installing.

    Screenshot of the NuGet package manager within Visual Studio. The win2D.uwp package is highlighted along with the install button.

    With the package installed, we can call a feature directly in the XAML code to define our main page.


    If you get an error during installation, you may not have set the correct minimum version.

    Select Project and click Hello World Properties. Change the Min version (use Windows 10, version 1809 or later).

  4. A Preview Changes window appears. Click OK.

    Screenshot of the preview changes window in Visual Studio. The OK button is highlighted.

  5. A License Acceptance window appears. To agree to the license terms, click I Accept.

    Screenshot of the license acceptance window in Visual Studio. The I accept button is highlighted.

  6. Double click MainPage.xaml in the Solution Explorer to open it in design view.

    Screenshot of the Visual Studio solution explorer. The MainPage.xaml file is highlighted.

  7. Use the Arrows button to expand the editing view.

    Screenshot of Visual Studio in design view. The switch views (arrows icon) button is highlighted.

  8. Replace all of the XAML code in MainPage.xaml with this code:

        Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}"
            <canvas:CanvasControl Draw="CanvasControl_Draw" ClearColor="CornflowerBlue"/>
  9. Replace all of the C# code in MainPage.xaml.cs with this code:

    using Windows.UI;
    using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;
    using Microsoft.Graphics.Canvas.UI.Xaml;
    namespace Hello_World
        public sealed partial class MainPage : Page
            public MainPage()
            void CanvasControl_Draw(CanvasControl sender, CanvasDrawEventArgs args)
                args.DrawingSession.DrawEllipse(155, 115, 80, 30, Colors.White, 3);
                args.DrawingSession.DrawText("Hello world!", 100, 100, Colors.White);

    This XAML code includes a reference to the package we installed earlier.

  10. Run your program to see the results.

    Screenshot showing the Visual Studio menu bar. The run button, represented by a green triangle, is highlighted.

    You should see an ellipse circling the text "Hello World!" on a blue background.

    Screenshot of the running Hello World app built in this unit. The debug toolbar is also shown.