NUPKG File Extension

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NuGet Package

What is NUPKG file?

NUPKG file stores standardized NuGet packages, which can be used for distributing application or library source code. NUPKG is a ZIP archive that contains DLL library binaries and technical documentation files.

What is NuGet?

NuGet is an application for managing packages for Microsoft software development platform. Since the release of Visual Studio 2012, the application is installed by default in Visual Studio extension folder. NuGet supports many various platforms, including .NET.

How are NUPKG files generated?

NuGet packages, stored in NUPKG files, can be generated by using command line available form the folder that contains given CSPROJ file. This is a two stage-process. First, a NUSPEC file with XML markup is generated, and then by issuing nuget pack a proper NUPKG package file is created.

How to share a NuGet package?

The most popular way of sharing NUPKG files is publishing them using nuget.org web platform. After registering a new account, users can upload their NUPKG file(s). Each packages requires a short description and related documentation files written in Markdown to be added. Each new added package undergoes an automatic verification process (which takes several minutes) and then is indexed. After the process is complete, the packages is available for download.

Programs which support NUPKG file extension

The following listing features NUPKG-compatible programs. Files with NUPKG suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support NUPKG file

Updated: 06/29/2020

How to open file with NUPKG extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening NUPKG files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to NuGet Package files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Visual Studio software

Install software to open NUPKG file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening NUPKG files is that no program that can handle NUPKG files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Visual Studio or different compatible program, such as NuGet. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Visual Studio installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft Visual Studio and update if needed

Update software that support file extension NUPKGIf you already have Microsoft Visual Studio installed on your systems and NUPKG files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why NUPKG files are not compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio. The most recent version of Microsoft Visual Studio is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open NUPKG files to Microsoft Visual Studio

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage NUPKG on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with NUPKG file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Right-click the NUPKG file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Visual Studio is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open NUPKG files and clicking OK.
Associate software with NUPKG file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected NUPKG file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Visual Studio and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with NUPKG extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the NUPKG file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper NUPKG file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check NUPKG file for viruses
1. Verify that the NUPKG in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the NUPKG is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the NUPKG file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the NUPKG file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the NUPKG file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the NUPKG file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Visual Studio

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with NUPKG extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with NuGet Package files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with NUPKG files affecting older versions of given software.

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