Day 9 - Creating a .NET Core Console App inside of Visual Studio Code

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Disclaimer: I am not on the .NET Core Team. I used the tools available publicly and have no insights into the future of .NET Core. It looks very bright though. :)


A complete list of post in this series is included below :

In this post, we’re going to look at how you can create a .NET Core Console app without leaving Visual Studio Code. This is something that I’ve personally used only when wanting to test something quickly all inside my favorite editor.

PowerShell inside of Visual Studio Code

You should have Visual Studio Code installed if you’ve been following the series. If not, you can find it here or read my last post. Open VS Code and you will notice there is a Toggle Terminal command shown on the start screen.


Press CTRL+` or go to View -> Integrated Terminal to bring up a PowerShell window.


Go ahead and navigate to a folder where you want to create your app and type dotnet --info to make sure it recognizes that you have .NET Core installed. You should see something similar to the following depending on what version of .NET Core that you have :

PS C:\working\consoleapp1> dotnet --info
.NET Command Line Tools (1.0.0-preview5-004275)

Product Information:
 Version:            1.0.0-preview5-004275
 Commit SHA-1 hash:  f1c16e59d6

Runtime Environment:
 OS Name:     Windows
 OS Version:  10.0.14393
 OS Platform: Windows
 RID:         win10-x64
 Base Path:   C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk\1.0.0-preview5-004275

Create a new console app

dotnet new console

Restore the packages and build it

dotnet restore
dotnet build 

Run the app

dotnet run

You’ll see the following like we’ve seen many times before :

C:\Users\mbcrump\helloworld>dotnet run
Hello World!

Your terminal window should look like the following :


You can launch Visual Studio Code with the current directory by typing code . at this prompt.


Easy enough!


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