NuGet.exe Command Line bootstrapper

Rating:        Based on 19 ratings
Reviewed:  15 reviews
Downloads: 132086
Released: Mar 30, 2011
Updated: Apr 25, 2013 by JeffHandley
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

This is a bootstrapper that will download the latest version of nuget.exe available and perform an in-place update the first time it's run.

Note that once you get nuget.exe, you can easily keep it up to date by running 'nuget update', which will perform another in-place update if a newer version is available.

By default, this nuget.exe command-line utility will connect to the internet and download NuGet packages from If you have modified your NuGet feed sources, those settings will be respected.

Reviews for this release

What is the difference between the two downloads on this page: "NuGet.exe Bootstrapper 2.0" and "NuGet.exe Command Line"?
by LPETEET on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM
The bootstrapper does not pass on any error codes from the NuGet.exe that it calls, which makes it hard to have our build scripts deal with them properly.
by aaronpleasant on Jan 31, 2014 at 6:01 PM
absolut perfect tool. it saves me a lot of my time :-)
by kerrykochmanski on Jul 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM
Would be nice if bootstrapper could check if it is running as admin and from a local drive. I was getting IO Exception without any specific error message and had to figure why it wasn't working.
by agilearchitect on May 15, 2012 at 9:04 PM
So I used this exe today and it still downloaded v1.7 of NuGet. What do I do to get the latest 1.8 version of NuGet? Please note I don't want the Visual Studio tools. I only want the stand alone exe.
by nikrox on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM
I happen to agree with both benaston and jcollum because I had the same thing happened when I dl'd this application. I ASSUMED that "nuget.exe" identified a self-extracting installer and was NOT the actual application that executes. Maybe a little documentation would have given us the a..b..c..'s of how to get up and running with this application. Once I figured out that I needed to update my Sy
by tjdarth on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I'll quote the guy below me, because he's absolutely correct: This is an excellent indepensible tool. I am ashamed to see all these low ratings because people don't understand what nuget.exe is. User ignorance != bad product.
by pcgeek86 on Mar 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM
This is an excellent indepensible tool. I am ashamed to see all these low ratings because people don't understand what nuget.exe is. User ignorance != bad product.
by mcap on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM
I run the installer and it runs and closes without any indication of an action occurring... leaving me confused. Another day in the life of a developer in the Microsoft ecosystem.
by benaston on Oct 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM
Installer should add nuget.exe to the PATH.
by jcollum on Aug 1, 2011 at 10:43 PM
the downloader didn't run in system32 and didn't even say what was wrong - it did work ok in another random file when started with admin privs - the documentation could be better
by tomjones on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:31 AM
Behind corporate firewall.v1.0.0.0 is downloaded. Receive 'Your credentials could not be authenticated: "Credentials are missing."' error on update. Help? Please place the latest build here and not this (for me) useless bootstrapper
by DannyAsher on Jun 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM
Got IO errors until I ran it as administrator.
by dbruning on May 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Bootstrap installer a bit hit and miss - getting IO exceptions
by Quango on May 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM
by Adelante on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM