- 18 Sep 2023
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Getting Started with ProGet
- Updated on 18 Sep 2023
- 2 Minutes to read
ProGet is a Self-hosted, Cross-Platform Package & Container Repository that keeps all your packages and Docker containers in one place, allowing you to scan for vulnerabilities and control who can access different feeds.
ProGet supports just about all of the third-party package types you'll need (e.g. NuGet, npm, PowerShell, and Chocolatey) and comes in a powerful free version that you can upgrade when ready.
Step 1: Install ProGet
You can install ProGet quickly and easily from InedoHub.
Step 2: Create Your First Feed in ProGet
A feed is a private repository for your own applications and components. Feeds are used to store packages, container images, or other assets. Users can easily see what is available for download in a feed.
In this example, we will create a NuGet feed, a package format developed by Microsoft to distribute free and open-source .NET libraries, however you have the option of creating feeds for other feed types such as npm, python, etc.
We will start by navigating to "Feeds" and selecting "Create New Feed".
As we will be using packages from Nuget.org, we select "NuGet (.NET) Packages".
Step 3: Set Up Your Feed
After selecting the feed type, we’ll specify that the feed will connect directly to "NuGet.org", the public repository for open-source NuGet packages.
When you familiarise with ProGet you may want to create two feeds, for unapproved and approved packages respectively. However for the purpose of demonstration, we will create just the one by selecting "No, Create One Feed".
We then name our feed. In this case we will call it public-nuget as it will have public packages from Nuget.org, and then click "Create Feeds".
Step 4: Select Feed Features
ProGet will now offer several options to assist you in managing your feed, such as scanning packages for vulnerabilities to help you avoid packages unsafe for production use and license detection which will allow you to block certain licenses.
Finally, we select "Set Feed Features", which will create the feeds and redirect us to our public-nuget feed, populated with packages from "NuGet.org".
Step 5 (Optional): Configure HTTPS/SSL
Another recommended step when setting up ProGet for the first time is to configure HTTPS on your server. For those who haven't done it before it may sound daunting, but our page on configuring HTTPS not only explains it clearly but makes it painlessly easy to do so.
Note that some clients such as NuGet and Visual Studio may warn about HTTPS primarily to ensure security in web development. These warnings cover issues like SSL/TLS certificates and security recommendations to help developers create secure and compliant web applications.
Step 6: Connect to Tools (e.g. Visual Studio)
Now that you've created a feed, you can use other ProGet features such as license detection or vulnerability scanning.
You can also connect ProGet to Visual Studio as a Package Manager by following the on screen instructions or reading How To Add ProGet As A NuGet Package Manager In Visual Studio.