Using Nuget in Visual Studio 2005 & 2008


NuGet is a Visual Studio extension that makes it easy to install and update third-party libraries and tools in Visual Studio. NuGet is not mandatory for using the PayPal SDKs but makes managing dependencies in your application a lot simpler.

Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 do not have out of the box support for NuGet. However you can follow the instructions given here to get NuGet working in your IDE.


  • .NET Framework 4.0 - You must have .NET framework 4.0 installed on your machine.

  • NuGet.exe - Download the NuGet command line executable from

  • Make sure NuGet.exe is available in the PATH environment variable.

    Check if .NET Framework 4.0 or higher is installed in the Computer from Control Panel -> Get programs

Or else
Run the following command from Windows Command Prompt >:
wmic product where "Name like 'Microsoft .Net%'" get Name, Version

  • Please wait for the command to execute, it may take more than a minute to execute

  • Running the aforesaid command should list the .NET Framework versions installed as in this particular case

  • [Please note the command might take a while to execute]

Running the aforesaid command should list the .NET Framework versions installed similar to the following:

Name                                                Version
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 1.0 SP3 Developer  1.0.4292
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5                        4.5.50709
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Multi-Targeting Pack   4.5.50709
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SDK (x64) - ENU        2.0.50727
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Multi-Targeting Pack     4.0.30319
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 SDK                    4.5.50709
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 SP2            2.0.7045
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5                3.5.7283
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1                        1.1.4322
Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 1.0 SP3            1.0.4294

If V4.X is not installed, then download and install


  • Go to Visual Studio Menu --> Tools

  • Select External Tools…

  • Select 'Add'.

  • Enter the following:

Title: NuGet Install
Command (Having in Environment Variables Path): NuGet.exe
Arguments: install -excludeversion -outputDirectory .\Packages
Initial directory: $(SolutionDir)
Use Output window: Check
Prompt for arguments: Check
  • Click Apply

  • Click OK

On Clicking Apply and OK, NuGet Install will be added (as External Command) to Menu --> Tools

Menu --> Tools, clicking NuGet Install will pop up for NuGet Install Arguments and Command Line
Also, NuGet Toolbar can be added, right-click on Visual Studio Menu and select Customize…
Customize by clicking New…
Enter Toolbar name: NuGet and click OK
Check NuGet Checkbox in the Toolbars tab for NuGet Toolbar to pop up
Click Commands tab and select Tools and External Command 6 (Having added NuGet Install as External Command 6*)
*Note: The External Command number may differ depending on the particular Visual Studio installation
Drag and drop External Command 6 to NuGet Toolbar
Right-click NuGet Toolbar
Enter Name: Install Package
Right-click Change Button Image and select an image
Close Customize
Drag and drop NuGet Toolbar to the Menu

Using NuGet

  • Click the NuGet Toolbar Install Package
    Clicking on the NuGet Toolbar Install Package will pop up for NuGet Install Arguments and Command Line

Example NuGet Install:
Enter Arguments:
install PayPalCoreSDK -excludeversion -outputDirectory .\Packages

On clicking OK, the output window should display:

Attempting to resolve dependency 'PayPalCoreSDK'.
Attempting to resolve dependency 'log4net (ò 1.2.10)'.
Successfully installed 'log4net 1.2.10'.
Successfully installed 'PayPalCoreSDK 1.0.0'.

Menu View --> Output (Ctrl+Alt+O)

The 'PayPalCoreSDK' Package including the dependencies will be downloaded to the 'Packages' folder root directory of the Solution (.sln) file.

Select 'Packages' folder by clicking it and then click 'Show All Files' in the Solution Explorer
Note: If 'Packages' folder was not included in the Solution Explorer, click 'Show All Files' before clicking 'Refresh'
Add the references to the dependent files downloaded to 'Packages' folder:

Note: By default, the root directory of Nuget Installation is the same as that of the Solution (.sln) file.
In case of a direct installation using Visual Studio without loading any solution:
The typical location for Visual Studio 2005:
'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\'
The typical Installation location for Visual Studio 2008:
'C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\'

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