Up and Running with .NET 8 on Linux

Choosing Your Flavor:

Before we begin, it's important to understand the installation options available:

  • .NET SDK: This comprehensive package includes everything you need for development, from building to testing applications.
  • .NET Runtime: This option is ideal for running existing .NET applications without the development tools.

Installation Methods:

There are three primary ways to install .NET 8 on Linux:

  1. Package Manager: This is the recommended approach for most users. The specific commands will vary depending on your Linux distribution. We'll explore popular distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora in a later section.
  2. dotnet-install script: This script simplifies the installation process and offers flexibility for customization. You can find it on the official .NET website.
  3. Manual Installation: This method involves downloading the installer archives and performing manual setup. It's generally less preferred due to its complexity.

Installing via Package Manager:

Here's a sneak peek at how it works for Ubuntu and Fedora (remember, exact commands might differ):

  • Ubuntu/Debian:

    1. Add the Microsoft package repository.
    2. Update package lists.
    3. Install the .NET SDK or runtime using apt.
  • Fedora/CentOS:

    1. Add the Microsoft package repository.
    2. Install the .NET SDK or runtime using dnf.

Verifying Installation:

Once the installation is complete, you can verify it by running the following command in your terminal:

dotnet --version

This should display the installed .NET version.

Additional Resources:

For detailed instructions specific to your Linux distribution and chosen installation method, refer to the official .NET documentation: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/install/linux-ubuntu

This blog post provides a foundational guide for getting started with .NET 8 on Linux. With the power of .NET at your fingertips, you're now equipped to build and run your next project!

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