Getting Started with pgutil
  • 19 May 2024
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Getting Started with pgutil

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Article summary

pgutil is an open-source (, cross-platform command line tool that provides a variety of commands to upload/download packages, manage feeds, audit package compliance, assess vulnerabilities, etc.

Installation & Configuration

pgutil is a single-file executable program that you can download from the releases page in the GitHub repository. The Windows archive ( will contain pgutil.exe and the Linux archives ( and will contain pgutil.

No installation or configuration is necessary, though a configuration file may be created.

Install as a .NET Global tool

If you have the .NET Core SDK installed, you can install pgutill as a .NET Global tool:

Commands & Usage

The easiest way to explore the available commands is by running pgutil, which provides a comprehensive list of "command sets".

$> pgutil

    .--. --. ..- - .. .-..
        pgutil v1.0.0
    .--. --. ..- - .. .-..

  Perform operations against a ProGet server.

  pgutil [command] [options]

  -?, --help  Show help and usage information

  sources   Manages the list of sources located in the configuration file located at
  packages  Work with packages on a ProGet server
  vulns     Audit packages and assess vulnerabilities
  builds    Manage SCA builds and SBOM documents
  licenses  Manage license definitions and audit package licenses

pgutil Commands

If you run pgutil with a command (e.g. pgutil packages), it will return the description and usage of the command, along with all the options categorized under that particular set:

$> pgutil packages

  Work with packages on a ProGet server

  pgutil packages [command] [options]

Common Options (packages):
  --api-key=<api-key>    ProGet API key used to authorize access
  --feed=<feed>          Name of feed in ProGet
  --no-connectors        Only include local (non-connector) package data in results
  --password=<password>  ProGet user password used to authorize access
  --source=<source>      Named source or URL of ProGet
  --username=<username>  ProGet user name used to authorize access
  -?, --help             Show help and usage information

  download   Download a package file from ProGet
  upload     Upload a package file to ProGet.
  delete     Deletes a package from ProGet
  status     Change the status of a package on ProGet
  repackage  Repackages a package in ProGet to a package with a different version
  promote    Promotes a package from one feed to another
  audit      Analyze a package for compliance issues

To return a detailed list of options for any command, you can use the --help option with the respective command. For example, to view all available options for the command pgutil packages download, run:

pgutil packages download --help

The API documentation is organized around these command sets, allowing easier navigation and understanding of the available functions.

Feature Requests for new Commands

We're very open to developing and enhancing pgutil, and working closely with users to do that. You're welcome to simply post a request to the Inedo Forums, but may also be able to show us exactly how you'd like a command to work by prototyping something in the pgutil GitHub repository.

We are unlikely to remove any commands once they're added, except during a major version update, and we'll make sure to notify users beforehand.

Working with Sources

To help manage urls, feeds, and credentials (API keys), you can register one or more "sources" with pgutil. These sources are stored in the configuration file located at %appdata%\pgutil\pgutil.config (Windows) and ~/.config/pgutil/pgutil.config (Mac/Linux).

Adding Sources to pgutil

The sources add command is used to add a source to the configuration file.

At a minimum, a source requires a name (e.g. Default) and a ProGet server url (e.g. https://proget.corp.local/), but you you'll likely also want to add an API key (e.g. abc12345).

🚀 Quick Example: Adding Default Source with an API Key
pgutil sources add --name=Default --url=https://proget.corp.local/ --api-key=abc12345

Instead of specifying --api-key, you can specify a username and password (e.g.
--username devbuilds --password myP@ssw0rd). However, API keys are generally recommended, especially since sources are persisted in configuration files.

"Default" source

A source named "Default" has special behavior. When a source name is not specified in other commands, then "Default" will be used. This means that, when there is a "Default" source, then that will be used on all commands unless --source is specified instead.

Passwords and Encryption

Unless you specify the --plain-text option, Passwords and API Keys will not be stored in plain text. Instead, they will be obscured from casual consumption using a Data Protection scheme . However, note that anyone with pgutil will be able to read and decode the password or API key.

Test Sources Added to pgutil

The sources test command is used to test the connections to your sources.

$: pgutil sources test

[Default] Successfully contacted ProGet 24.0.0
[MyOtherServer] Successfully contacted ProGet 23.0.32
[MyBadSource] Error contacting ProGet: invalid host name

If you specify the --name option, then only that source will be tested.

Note that any non-successful test will report a nonzero exit code.

Listing Sources

The sources list command will list all sources located in the configuration file.

$> pgutil sources list

1. Default

2. MyPackages (unapproved-nuget feed)

The sources list command does not require any arguments.

Removing Sources

The sources remove command will remove a source from the configuration file.

$> pgutil sources remove --name=MyPackages

Removed MyPackages source.

Note that you must specify the --name when removing a source, even for the "Default" source.

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