Compile your changes on the fly with .NET Core Watch
August 4, 2016 · 2 minute read
As you work on your site, you’ll find yourself repeating the following over and over again.
CTRL-C (to stop the application)
This gets a little frustrating after a while.
Watch for changes
The good news is you can use
dotnet watch to solve the problem once and for all.
Microsoft.DotNet.Watcher.Tools dependency by manually adding it to your csproj.
<ItemGroup> <DotNetCliToolReference Include="Microsoft.DotNet.Watcher.Tools" Version="1.0.0" /> </ItemGroup>
.NET Core tools are scripts that can be added to your project and executed during the build process. Unlike dependencies, they are are not accessible to the code in the project.
For example, you might have tools to analyse/generate code, or (as in this case) automate an otherwise manual process.
dotnet-watch monitors your application’s files and restarts your app when you make changes to your source code.
Make sure your dev machine has dotnet-watch by restoring packages.
Test it out
Now all you need to do is run the usual command but add
watch to it.
dotnet watch run
You should see something like the following….
Now make some changes to your app. Every time you save your source code you’ll see your application is automatically recompiled.
Laziness (er, I mean efficiency) triumphs again!