Build NuGet Package Script Template
  • 12 Jan 2023
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Build NuGet Package Script Template

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Article summary

A script template is a simple, no-code solution for performing common build or deployment operations and can be converted to OtterScript at any time.

The Build NuGet Package script template will:

This article will detail the options for these steps, as well as how they're performed.

Using This Script Template

A synchronized Git repository is required for this template. If your application does not have one, you will not be able to add or edit this script template.

To add this script template to your application, navigate to Scripts, click Add Script, and select Build NuGet Package from the list of Build Script Templates. After doing so, you'll see a dialog like this:


There are a lot of options available. This article will discuss how these options are used in different steps of the build process.

Note that the dotnet SDK is required on the server you'll run this script on (i.e. your build server). However, you can check the "Ensure dotnet SDK is installed" box in the "dotnet Options" to automatically install the required SDK as part of the build process.

Checking Out from Git

First, the script template checks out code from a Git repository. The branch (or specific commit) is selected when the build is created, before the script is even run. The script will then check out code from that exact commit.

🛠 OtterScript Notes

This step uses the Git::Checkout-Code operation without any parameters.

Building/Compiling .NET Project

Next, the script template will use the .NET CLI to build/compile your project using dotnet build.

Project or Solution

Select either a solution (.sln) file or a project file (.csproj) from your source repository that will be built. In most cases, it won't make a difference which one you select—but for this template, it's generally recommended to use the project file to keep things simple.

NuGet Package Source

Select where to fetch the NuGet packages needed to build your project. This list will typically contain NuGet Feeds from your connected ProGet instance and an option for Not Specified, which will use the public repository.

You can also enter in a custom URL to a feed, though this isn't recommended, as you can create a NuGet feed resource and use that instead.

Build Configuration

By default, this is set to Release, which will perform a standard optimized build. You can set it to Debug or any other build configuration if needed.

Other Options

Settings for other common operations using dotnet build are also included:

  • Assembly version: Ensures that the built .NET assembly has this version. The default value is the variable $ReleaseNumber, which will supply the release number associated with the current build.
  • Additional arguments: These are passed to dotnet exactly as specified
🛠 OtterScript Notes

This step uses the DotNet::Build operation, the parameters will depend on the options you've entered.

Running Unit Tests

If any unit test projects are detected, you can select one to run as part of your build script. You can also enter the name of a project if one wasn't detected.

Select a test project will call dotnet test and record the results in BuildMaster. See our unit tests documentation to learn more.

🛠 OtterScript Notes

This step uses the DotNet::Test operation with the Project parameter set to the value of the "Test project".

Packaging into NuGet

The script template will again use the .NET CLI, this time calling dotnet pack.

Package ID

The NuGet Package ID can be set, but will otherwise use the default value that dotnet pack uses, which is the project name.

Package Version

The default value for the package version is $ReleaseNumber-ci.$BuildNumber; later in the pipeline, the package can be repackaged into a stable release version.

🛠 OtterScript Notes

This step uses the DotNet::Pack operation, and the parameters will depend on the options you've entered. The DotNet::Set-ProjectVersion operation is used to set the package and assembly version. This is run prior to building/compiling the project.

Push to Feed

The final step will be pushing the package to a NuGet feed, and then attaching a link to that package on the build.

Similar to the NuGet package source, this "Push to feed" list will typically contain NuGet Feeds from your connected ProGet instance and other NuGet feed resource that you've configured.

🛠 OtterScript Notes

This step uses the NuGet::Push-Package operation, and then the Packages::Attach-Package operation.

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