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MSBuild Project File Schema Reference

Provides a table of all the MSBuild XML Schema elements with their available attributes and child elements.

MSBuild uses project files to instruct the build engine what to build and how to build it. MSBuild project files are XML files that adhere to the MSBuild XML schema. This section documents the XML schema definition (.xsd) file for MSBuild.

The following table lists all of the MSBuild XML schema elements along with their child elements and attributes.

Element

Child Elements

Attributes

Choose Element (MSBuild)

Otherwise

When

--

Import Element (MSBuild)

--

Condition

Project

ImportGroup Element [MSBuild]

Import

Condition

Item Element (MSBuild)

ItemMetaData

Condition

Exclude

Include

Remove

ItemDefinitionGroup Element (MSBuild)

Item

Condition

ItemGroup Element (MSBuild)

Item

Condition

ItemMetadata Element (MSBuild)

Item

Condition

OnError Element (MSBuild)

--

Condition

ExecuteTargets

Otherwise Element (MSBuild)

Choose

ItemGroup

PropertyGroup

--

Output Element (MSBuild)

--

Condition

ItemName

PropertyName

TaskParameter

Parameter Element [MSBuild]

--

Output

ParameterType

Required

ParameterGroup Element [MSBuild]

Parameter

--

Project Element (MSBuild)

Choose

Import

ItemGroup

ProjectExtensions

PropertyGroup

Target

UsingTask

DefaultTargets

InitialTargets

ToolsVersion

TreatAsLocalProperty

xmlns

ProjectExtensions Element (MSBuild)

--

--

Property Element (MSBuild)

--

Condition

PropertyGroup Element (MSBuild)

Property

Condition

Target Element (MSBuild)

OnError

Task

AfterTargets

BeforeTargets

Condition

DependsOnTargets

Inputs

KeepDuplicateOutputs

Name

Outputs

Returns

Task Element (MSBuild)

Output

Condition

ContinueOnError

Parameter

TaskBody Element (MSBuild)

Data

Evaluate

UsingTask Element (MSBuild)

ParameterGroup

TaskBody

AssemblyFile

AssemblyName

Condition

TaskFactory

TaskName

When Element (MSBuild)

Choose

ItemGroup

PropertyGroup

Condition

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