Last modified: Feb 9, 2024

NuGet Package

How to work with NuGet packages in Altinn

Altinn has published a number of nuget packages to share common libraries between different solutions. You can read more about NuGet..

All NuGet packages are available for download here

This page covers how to set up your project to support the publishing of NuGet packages, both manual and automated, as well as developer workflows in both cases.

GitHub automated procedures

We use GitHub workflows and MinVer to enable the automation of both package generation and publishing.

Project setup

  1. Clean up the .csproj file to not interfere with the MinVer versioning

    The following properties should be removed from the PropertyGroup section of the .csproj file:

    • AssemblyVersion
    • FileVersion
    • PackageVersion
    • IncludeSymbols
    • SymbolPackageFormat
  2. Add a Directory.Build.props file to the root of the src folder and copy the content below.

    NB! Check if newer versions of the nuget packages are available.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
        <PackageReference Include="MinVer" Version="4.2.0" PrivateAssets="All" />
        <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.NETFramework.ReferenceAssemblies" Version="1.0.3" PrivateAssets="All" />
      <Target Name="AssemblyVersionTarget" AfterTargets="MinVer" Condition="'$(BuildNumber)' != ''">
          <MinVerTagPrefix Condition="'$(MinVerTagPrefix)' == ''">$(PackageId).</MinVerTagPrefix>
      <PropertyGroup Label="SourceLink">
      <ItemGroup Condition="'$(Deterministic)'=='true'">
        <SourceRoot Include="$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory)/" />
      <PropertyGroup Condition="'$(Deterministic)'=='true'">
  3. Add a Directory.Build.targets file to the root of the src folder and copy the content below.

    NB! Check if newer versions of the nuget packages are available.

          <PackageReference Include="Microsoft.SourceLink.GitHub" Version="1.1.1" Condition="'$(IntegrationBuild)' != 'true'">
              <IncludeAssets>runtime; build; native; contentfiles; analyzers</IncludeAssets>
          <EmbeddedFiles Include="$(GeneratedAssemblyInfoFile)" />

GitHub setup

  1. Generate an API key with publishing rights for the library on nuget.org

    A few key points for the key setup:

    • choose a descriptive name, to know which key to rotate when. E.g. altinn-access-token-publish-pipeline
    • if the repository or solution includes multiple libraries, find a matching global pattern to limit which packages the key is applicable to
  2. Add the API key as a secret to the repository under the name NUGET_API_KEY

    Please refer to GitHub’s documentation on creating secrets

  3. Set up a workflow for packing and publishing the library

    We assume the basics of GitHub workflow’s are known here. Make sure to change all references to Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient in the example before using it in your repository.

    name: Pack and publish NuGet packages
          - published
        runs-on: ubuntu-latest
          - uses: actions/checkout@v3
              fetch-depth: 0
          - name: Install dotnet
            uses: actions/setup-dotnet@v3
              dotnet-version: 8.0.x
          - name: Install deps
            run: |
              cd src/Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient
              dotnet restore          
          - name: Build AccessTokenClient
            if: startsWith(github.ref, 'refs/tags/Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient-')
            run: |
              cd src/Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient
              dotnet build --configuration Release --no-restore -p:Deterministic=true -p:BuildNumber=${{ github.run_number }}          
          - name: Pack and publish AccessTokenClient
            if: startsWith(github.ref, 'refs/tags/Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient-')
            run: |
              cd src/Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient
              dotnet pack Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient.csproj --configuration Release --no-restore --no-build -p:BuildNumber=${{ github.run_number }} -p:Deterministic=true
              dotnet nuget push bin/Release/*.nupkg --source https://api.nuget.org/v3/index.json --api-key ${{ secrets.NUGET_API_KEY }}                 

Package creation

Package creation is triggered by a new tag being added to the GitHub repository. On creation, the workflow will run and depending on the created tag matching the if-condition for the various steps, the building and publishing the NuGet package will commence.

Development lifecycle

  1. Implement all changes necessary in the NuGet package project.

  2. Submit a pull request on these changes and merge changes into main.

  3. Create and publish a new preview release in the GitHub repository. The tag should match the name and version of the nuget package.

    e.g: Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient-1.2.0-preview

  4. Once feature is tested ok, create a new release with an updated final tag

    e.g. or Altinn.Common.AccessTokenClient-1.2.0

Manual procedures

Project setup

To manually work with nuget packages the configuration below is required in the .csproj file of the project.

Below is an example of the required values to be able to produce nuget packages. Be sure to update the highlighted lines to reflect your project. All properties below are contained in the <PropertyGroup> tag.


    <!-- NuGet package properties -->
      Package to verify Access Tokens from client. Require public certificates stored in Azure KeyVault.
    <Authors>Altinn Contributors</Authors>

Package creation

Detailed documentation on how to create a NuGet package, guidelines etc can be found here.

What follows is the common workflow that most Altinn developers use:

  1. Save the changes
  2. Open a command line utility like git bash, powershell or cmd.
  3. Navigate to the project folder.
  4. Build the project using Release configuration:
    dotnet build -c Release
  5. Pack the project into a NuGet package:
    dotnet pack -c Release --include-source -p:SymbolPackageFormat=snupkg
    The package will now be created in {projectfolder}\bin\Release.
  6. Navigate to the release folder.
  7. Publish the package:
    dotnet nuget push Altinn.Common.AccessToken.2.5.10.snupkg -k [nuget api key] -s https://api.nuget.org/v3/index.json
  8. Your package will now be published to nuget.org

Development lifecycle

  1. Implement all changes necessary in the NuGet package project. Remember to update the package version, assembly version and file version so they match.
  2. Submit a pull request on these changes only. No implementation on other projects should be included.
  3. Once pull request is approved and changes are merged into master; create and publish new NuGet package based on master branch.
  4. Continue with implementation, referencing the updated package wherever it is needed.
  5. Remember to update all outdated references to the package and check that all tests run successfully before submitting a final PR.