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Build automation

The vc-build contains a set of targets that designed to automate the various build scenarios for solution based on VC and moreover thanks to builder-server agnostic nature and cross-platform support it can be integrated into any exists CI/CD pipeline with different build services, or used for manual dev scenarios.

vc-build CLI


vc-build compile -configuration <Debug|Release>
Builds .NET Core solution of vc module.


  • -configuration <Debug|Release|CONFIGURATION> - Defines the build configuration. The default configuration for build on build server is Release, on the local machine is Debug, but you can override the build configuration settings in your project.


vc-build test (with no args)
Is used to build the solution and runs all unit tests are discovered from the projects that are located in the solution folder and satisfied by this mask *.Tests|*.Testing.

Also, this target produces the test coverage and overall stats report.


vc-build test

Starting test execution, please wait...
A total of 1 test files matched the specified pattern.
Passed!  - Failed:     0, Passed:    48, Skipped:     0, Total:    48, Duration: 4 s - VirtoCommerce.CatalogCsvImportModule.Tests.dll (netcoreapp3.1)

Calculating coverage result...
  Generating report 'c:\Projects\VirtoCommerce\V3\Modules\vc-module-catalog-csv-import\.tmp\coverage.xml'
| Module                                    | Line   | Branch | Method |
| VirtoCommerce.CatalogCsvImportModule.Core | 77,17% | 73,38% | 72,83% |
| VirtoCommerce.CatalogCsvImportModule.Data | 56,47% | 52,15% | 56,86% |

|         | Line   | Branch | Method |
| Total   | 65,23% | 60,64% | 66,66% |
| Average | 66,81% | 62,76% | 64,84% |

Target             Status      Duration
Restore            Executed        0:04
Compile            Executed        0:08
Test               Executed        1:09
Total                              1:22


vc-build pack -configuration <Debug|Release> 

Builds the module solution and creates NuGet packages for all projects that have the <IsPackable> is set to True in the .csproj file.

The result of this target are NuGet packages that are stored by artifacts path of the module's root folder. If execute this target for platform solution the version is taken from Directory.Build.props. If executes this target for a module solution, the version is taken from module manifest file.


vc-build publishPackages -source <SOURCE> -apiKey <API_KEY>
Pushes the NuGet packages are discovered in the artifacts folder to the server specified by -source parameter and publishes it.


vc-build publishPackages -source C:\local-nuget 


  • -source <SOURCE> - Specifies the server URL. NuGet identifies a UNC or local folder source and simply copies the file there instead of pushing it using HTTP. If -source is not set the default NuGet server will be used.
  • -apiKey <API_KEY> - The API key for the server.


vc-build compress (with no args)
Pack module into a distribution bundle zip that ready to be transferred to another platform instances or published. Executing this command in a module root folder, will put resulting zip into the artifact folder.

This target normally checks and excludes from the resulting zip the all files that names are enumerated in these mutiple sources:

  • global module.ignore file that is managed by VC team
  • local module.ignore file taken from the root folder of the module


vc-build compress

Console output:

Target             Status      Duration
Clean              Executed        0:00
Restore            Executed        0:07
Compile            Executed        0:06
WebPackBuild       Executed        0:00
Test               Executed        0:05
Publish            Executed        0:01
Compress           Executed        0:01
Total                              0:23

Last update: June 24, 2021