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C# Compiler Options Listed by Category

The following compiler options are sorted by category. For an alphabetical list, see C# Compiler Options Listed Alphabetically.

Optimization

Option Purpose
/filealign Specify the size of sections in the output file.
/optimize Enable/disable optimizations.

Output Files

Option Purpose
/doc Process documentation comments to an XML file.
/out Specify output file.
/target Specify the format of the output file using one of four options:
/target:exe
/target:library
/target:module
/target:winexe

.NET Framework Assemblies

Option Purpose
/addmodule Specify one or more modules to be part of this assembly.
/lib Specify the location of assemblies referenced by means of /reference.
/nostdlib Do not import standard library (mscorlib.dll).
/reference Import metadata from a file that contains an assembly.

Debugging/Error Checking

Option Purpose
/bugreport Create a file that contains information that makes it easy to report a bug.
/checked Specify whether integer arithmetic that overflows the bounds of the data type will cause an exception at run time.
/debug Emit debugging information.
/fullpaths Specify the absolute path to the file in compiler output.
/nowarn Suppress the compiler's ability to generate specified warnings.
/warn Set warning level.
/warnaserror Promote warnings to errors.

Preprocessor

Option Purpose
/define Define preprocessor symbols.

Resources

Option Purpose
/linkresource Create a link to a managed resource.
/resource Embed a .NET Framework resource into the output file.
/win32icon Insert an .ico file into the output file.
/win32res Insert a Win32 resource into the output file.

Miscellaneous

Option Purpose
@ Specify a response file.
/? List compiler options to stdout.
/baseaddress Specify the preferred base address at which to load a DLL.
/codepage Specify the code page to use for all source code files in the compilation.
/help List compiler options to stdout.
/incremental Enable incremental compilation of source code files.
/main Specify the location of the Main method.
/noconfig Do not compile with csc.rsp.
/nologo Suppress compiler banner information.
/recurse Search subdirectories for source files to compile.
/unsafe Compile code that uses the unsafe keyword.
/utf8output Display compiler output using UTF-8 encoding.

See Also

C# Compiler Options | C# Compiler Options Listed Alphabetically | Building from the Command Line

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