Install Umbraco with .NET CLI

    We have made custom Umbraco templates that are available for use with dotnet new. The steps below will demonstrate the minimum amount of actions required to get you going and set up an Umbraco project from the command line using .NET templates.

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    Install the template

    1. Install the latest .NET SDK.

    2. Run dotnet new -i Umbraco.Templates::* to install the project templates.
      The solution is packaged up into the NuGet package Umbraco.Templates and can be installed into the dotnet CLI.

    Once that is complete, you can see that Umbraco was added to the list of available projects types by running dotnet new -all:

    Templates                    Short Name               Language          Tags
    Umbraco Solution             umbraco                  [C#]              Web/CMS/Umbraco
    Umbraco Package              umbracopackage           [C#]              Web/CMS/Umbraco/Package/Plugin

    In some cases the templates may silently fail to install (usually this is an issue with NuGet sources). If this occurs you can try specifying the NuGet source in the command by running dotnet new -i Umbraco.Templates::* --nuget-source "".

    To get help on a project template with dotnet new run the following command:

    dotnet new umbraco -h

    From that command's output, you will get a better understanding of what are the default template options, as well as those command-line flags specific to Umbraco that you can use (as seen below):

    Umbraco Project (C#)
    Author: Umbraco HQ
    Description: An empty Umbraco Project ready to get started
      -v|--version              The version of Umbraco to load using NuGet
                                string - Optional
                                Default: 9.0.0
      -p|--PackageTestSiteName  The name of the package this should be a test site for (Default: '')
                                text - Optional
      -ce|--SqlCe               Adds the required dependencies to use SqlCE (Windows only) (Default: false)
                                bool - Optional
                                Default: false
      -F|--Framework            The target framework for the project
                                    net5.0    - Target net5.0
                                    net6.0    - Target net6.0
                                Default: net5.0
      --no-restore              If specified, skips the automatic restore of the project on create
                                bool - Optional
                                Default: false
      --friendly-name           The friendly name of the user for Umbraco login when using Unattended install (Without installer wizard UI)
                                text - Optional
      --email                   Email to use for Umbraco login when using Unattended install (Without installer wizard UI)
                                text - Optional
      --password                Password to use for Umbraco login when using Unattended install (Without installer wizard UI)
                                text - Optional
      --connection-string       Database connection string when using Unattended install (Without installer wizard UI)
                                text - Optional
      --no-nodes-view-path      Path to a custom view presented with the Umbraco installation contains no published content
                                text - Optional
      --use-https-redirect      Adds code to Startup.cs to redirect HTTP to HTTPS and enables the UseHttps setting (Default: false)
                                bool - Optional
                                Default: false

    Create an Umbraco project

    1. Create a new empty Umbraco solution using MS SQL Azure/Server:
      dotnet new umbraco -n MyCustomUmbracoProject

      Or if you prefer to using SQL CE:

      dotnet new umbraco --SqlCe -n MyCustomUmbracoProject

    You will now have a new project with the name MyCustomUmbracoProject, or the name you chose to use. The new project can be opened and run using your favorite IDE or you can continue using the CLI commands.

    If you want to create a solution file as well you can run the commands below. dotnet new sln
    dotnet sln add MyCustomUmbracoProject

    Run Umbraco

    1. Navigate to the newly created project folder:
      cd MyCustomUmbracoProject

    2. Build and run the new Umbraco .Net Core project:
      dotnet build
      dotnet run

    The project is now running on the Kestrel server and has assigned a free available port to run it on. Look in the terminal window after the dotnet run command to see the URLs.

    The next step is to run through the Umbraco CMS installation. If you chose to use MS SQL Server/Azure you will need to add your connection string during this setup process to get access to the Umbraco backoffice.