Thursday, 18 February 2016

Getting MVC 6 and .Net Core running on Ubuntu in 2016

I thought I would make my first blog post in a while on something I have been learning recently, that is .Net Core, more specifically on Ubuntu 14.

First things first, open a terminal! Personally I run all these commands under the root user, so I will be using 'sudo su' so that I don't have to enter sudo every time I need super user privileges (so if you don't you will need sudo in front of almost all of the commands). I have also found that sometimes the permisions between the root user and the local user can cause issues if you don't install everything against ONE user. If you use 'sudo su' you will have to use the root account for everything you install through apt-get, but you will still have to run the packages you install via npm under your account as root won't have access (this is important for Yeoman)

Installing .Net Core

The following will walk you through the preperation of your system

Installing DNVM

The next step is to enter some commands that will allow us to download and install DNVM. DNVM stands for Dot Net Version Manager and is the tool used to set and manage the .net run-times on your machine. For more information check out the aspnet documentation on DNVM.

      ~$ sudo su
      ~$ apt-get install unzip curl
      ~$ curl -sSL | DNX_BRANCH=dev sh && source ~/.dnx/dnvm/

After doing the above commands you can test that the installation worked by typing 'dnvm'

If you do not see the above once you have entered the above commands then look for error messages and or try to enter the command 'source ~/.dnx/dnvm/'. This should run automatically though. If you would like to find out more about the dnvm you can also type 'dnvm -h' to bring up the help.

Installing DNX and Core CLR

The following commands will download the prerequisites of the dnx and then install the Core CLR. The core CLR is the new open source implementation of .net which has been built from the ground up to be used to build .net apps cross platform and has been cloud optimised. It is light weight and highly uncoupled. Unlike .net 4 and mono, it is installed per app rather than per system, this per app design is great as it will allow devs in the future to install new apps to their servers without having to upgrade all their old apps and without the system admins input!

      ~$ apt-get install libunwind8 gettext libssl-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev zlib1g libicu-dev uuid-dev
      ~$ dnvm upgrade -r coreclr

The first line installs the prerequisites and the second instructs the dnvm to either install the latest coreclr or to update to the latest, you MUST include '-r coreclr' as it instructs the dnvm you don't want to upgrade the default mono clr. It is at ths time that you could also install mono, but I have chosen not too as this blog post is about the core clr.

To verify that you have the core clr installed and to check what runtime is active, type 'dnvm list'

Two things to note:
  1. Active: shows you which run time is currently in use.
  2. Alias: When you upgrade the default alias is automatically added, if you have multiple run times you can utilize the 'dnvm use' command with '-p' to switch the active run time and to remove the current default alias and set it to the newly selected one.

Installing Kestrel requirements

When we eventually create a MVC 6 website, we will need somthing to run it! So I have opted to use the default web server that .net core is provided, Kestral.

To run Kestral, we will need to install libuv, a multi-platform asynchronous IO library!

      ~$ apt-get install make automake libtool curl
      ~$ curl -sSL | sudo tar zxfv - -C /usr/local/src
      ~$ cd /usr/local/src/libuv-1.8.0
      ~$ sh
      ~$ ./configure
      ~$ make
      ~$ make install
      ~$ rm -rf /usr/local/src/libuv-1.8.0 && cd ~/
      ~$ ldconfig

The above installs libtool and curl, then downloads the libuv source, configures it, compiles it and finally installs it. ldconfig is used to update the so that dlopen can load it.

Congratulations! You now have a working .net environment on your system! What's next? Actually making something!

MVC 6 with YeoMan scaffolding!

To use YeoMan to scaffold the default project that we have all grown to love from Visual Studio, we first will need to install a few things, namely node, npm, yo and generator-aspnet!

Installing Node.js and NPM

installing node is simple enough, there are just a few apt-get to run and your good!

      ~$ apt-get install nodejs
      ~$ apt-get install npm
      ~$ ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

What it does is fairly self explanitory, install the nodejs and npm, then add a symbolic link for node so we can use node in the terminal. From here we can enter 'node -v' and 'npm -v' to confirm installation.

Updating NodeJs

The next is optional, but if your system already has nodejs installed making sure you have the latest version of nodejs is a good idea!

      ~$ npm cache clean -f
      ~$ npm install -g n
      ~$ n stable

This will clean out the npm cache and the next line installs the n package (node helper) globally (-g). From there we run n stable to tell the node helper to update to the latest stable release. You could also enter a specific version you want to use instead of stable. Next when you type you will find your node is up to date!

Installing YeoMan and the aspnet generators

Almost on the home stretch now! All that is left is to install YeoMan and the aspnet generators

      ~$ npm install -g yo
      ~$ npm install -g generator-aspnet

This will install YeoMan and the aspnet YeoMan Generators globally.

Scaffolding the MVC Starter Template

All that is left now is to actually run the YeoMan aspnet gernerator! Today we will be creating the default MVC Web Template that you make when you choose the default authentication in Visual Studio.

First type 'yo aspnet' into the console. You will be presented with an error! Oh no! Don't worry, if you see this there is a good chance it is because you are still under the root account and you just need to type 'exit' to go back to your users session. I don't know why 'yo' won't work for me under the root account, but the fix is easy enough. Try again and this time you will be presented with the following (after choosing to contribute your data or not):

From here you can use your arrow keys to navigate the menu, choose Web Application.
Then choose a nice name (I will be using 'HelloMvcUbuntu').

All that is left to do is follow the instructions it leaves you. If you ran the installation under the root (sudo su) account you will need to login to the super user account again (type 'sudo su')

      ~$ cd "HelloMvcUbuntu"
      ~$ dnu restore 
      ~$ dnu build (optional, build will also happen when it's run)
      ~$ dnx web

this will move you into the newly created directory and restore all of the nuget packages that are required as documented inside of project.json. If you want to have a look around the directory either use 'ls' and 'cd' OR you can use 'xdg-open .' to open the current directory in the Ubuntu file explorer.

If you want to be able to run 'dnu build' you will need to make a modification to project.json. Inside of the frameworks you will see there is 'dnx451' which is actually only available on windows, so you can either remove it or add mono in there if you have it installed.

After running all of those commands congrats! your website running in aspnet is now running on http://localhost:5000.

Just as a heads up, in the next release candidate (rc2) and all the future versions the two commands dnu and dnx are merging into the single tool command 'dotnet' so instead of the above commands you would use:

      ~$ cd "HelloMvcUbuntu"
      ~$ dotnet restore 
      ~$ dotnet build (optional, build will also happen when it's run)
      ~$ dotnet web

I hope this helps somebody out there, if you have any questions or feedback please feel free to leave them in the comments bellow.



  1. Hey Michael!

    I followed your post and i can not install Yeoman on the ubuntu box:

    [email protected]:~# npm install -g yo
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.12.0"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    npm WARN deprecated [email protected]: this package has been reintegrated into npm and is now out of date with respect to npm
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.12.0","iojs":">=1.0.0"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.12.0","iojs":">=1.0.0"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.10.32"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.10.40"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.10.40"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    npm WARN engine [email protected]: wanted: {"node":">=0.10.40"} (current: {"node":"0.10.25","npm":"1.4.21"})
    /usr/local/bin/yo -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/yo/lib/cli.js

    > [email protected] postinstall /usr/local/lib/node_modules/yo
    > yodoctor

    Yeoman Doctor
    Running sanity checks on your system

    ✔ Global configuration file is valid
    ✔ NODE_PATH matches the npm root
    ✖ Node.js version

    Your Node.js version is outdated.
    Upgrade to the latest version:

    ✔ No .bowerrc file in home directory
    ✔ No .yo-rc.json file in home directory
    ✖ npm version

    Your npm version is outdated.

    Upgrade to the latest version by running:
    npm install -g npm

    Found potential issues on your machine :(

    I'm on ubuntu 15.10 x64.

    Regards Sebastian

    1. I got the same warnings when my npm was out of date, have you tried updating it? I updated then re ran, the second time I got no issue. Also there isn't actually any errors in the install from what I read, only warnings, try typing 'yo' and see if the command is recognised.


    2. Thanks for the response Michael! i didn't realize yeoman is installed anyway. But now i have the same problem as Go a bit further down. the snu and dnx commands don't seem to work. They are not showing any output + localhost:5000 is not reachable.

    3. Solution here

    4. make sure you use dnu (not snu) and if that bug fix works can you please confirm so I can update the post?


  2. That "A" in the logo is not for ASP.NET, its AngularJS logo...

    1. Yeah, I couldn't find any nice creative commons images to use as the thumbnail so I chose that as it was appealing. I was at work where I don't have access to photoshop, I'll probably make a new thumbnail this weekend from home.

  3. Great post. Thanks.

    p.s. Can you make another post, how to edit this project under Ubuntu? What to do, what change make? Write something more, about this part:

    "If you want to be able to run 'dnu build' you will need to make a modification to project.json. Inside of the frameworks you will see there is 'dnx451' which is actually only available on windows, so you can either remove it or add mono in there if you have it installed."

    1. Soon I'll be hopefully doing a presentation at work that would cover that. I wanted to record it so if my employer doesn't mind I will post it here too. There is also some great content on pluralsight that I've been using that I would recommend. also Scott hanselman is a great blogger to follow as he has regular core blogs. You can watch an intro to 5 video he did hear (it just might be out of date as since then it's gone into rc1):,

  4. Dunno why but the DNU and DMX commands do not work at all, im using ubuntu server 15, dunno if that has anything to do with it.

    1. How are they not working? As in errors or command doesn't exist? Also it's dnx on that second command

    2. I think it's ubuntu 15.04. See here:

      But here is a solution:

    3. Can you give it a go and tell me if it worked?


    4. I tried the fix from .
      I installed the .deb package and used dnu restore + dnu build and it works. also dnx web works then. (snu was just a typo)

      I got the error by using DNX_TRACE=1 dnx web which is a lot more verbose then having no output :D

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  6. Hi
    Thanks for this guide.
    I get an error making console application with yeoman

    error CS8021: No value for RuntimeMetadataVersion found. No assembly containing System.Object was found nor was a value for RuntimeMetadataVersion specified through options.

    Can you help me?

    1. Have you done anything different than the tutorial? I did some looking around and other people who had this issue were missing references to "System.Runtime": "4.0.20-beta-*", in their project.json 'dependencies' part.

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