How to install Umbraco from scratch using nuget in Visual Studio

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 by David Conlisk

I was having some trouble working out how to install Umbraco in a clean, new visual studio project. Here's how to do it.


I'm assuming that you are using Visual Studio 2010 (I know - old school) and that you have nuget installed. Find out how to install nuget if you don't already have it. It's great!

Update: MVC is a dependency that is automatically "bin-deployed" so you don't have to worry about that part (Thanks for the info Sebastiaan!)


  • Open up VS2010.
  • Choose File -> New Project... -> ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application or ASP.NET Web Application (thanks again Seb!)
  • Enter a name for your application and a location.
  • Click OK.
  • Choose the Empty project template, and accept the default view engine (i.e. Razor).
  • Click OK.
  • Open up nuget package manager by going to Tools -> Library Package Manager -> Package Manager Console.
  • Type the command at the prompt: install-package umbracocms
  • When nuget has done its thing, hit F5 to enjoy your brand spanking new Umbraco website! (you may get a popup message about your web.config and debugging, just accept it and continue).

UPDATE April 4th, 2013: If you are using VS2012 with this method, double-check the web.config in the Views folder. See my post on the forum for more information.


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4 comment(s) for “How to install Umbraco from scratch using nuget in Visual Studio”

  1. Gravatar of Sebastiaan Janssen

    Sebastiaan Janssen says:

    Yup, it's pretty easy if you don't forget to build the project ;-)

    You don't need MVC4 installed by the way, it's a dependency we take on automatically and is "bin deployed", so it won't need an install (see: ).
  1. Gravatar of Sebastiaan Janssen

    Sebastiaan Janssen says:

    Ps. It works equally well with File > New Project > ASP.NET Webforms application.
  1. Gravatar of Ajmal vh

    Ajmal vh says:

    I have tried it before using ASP.NET Webform application. What difference it make when i install the nuget package in ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application ?
  1. Gravatar of David Conlisk

    David Conlisk says:

    Thanks for the info, Seb, I've updated the blog post with your information.
    Ajmal you end up with a slightly different project structure when you use an MVC project, for obvious reasons. For example, the MVC project has a Controllers folder. But otherwise I can see no difference between the two. You still need to update umbracoSettings.config to set the defaultRenderingEngine to MVC even if you have created an MVC project in VS.

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