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CallTarget Task

Invokes the specified targets within the project file.

The following table describes the parameters of the CallTarget task.




Optional Boolean output parameter.

If true, the MSBuild engine is called once per target. If false, the MSBuild engine is called once to build all targets. The default value is false.


Optional ITaskItem[] output parameter.

Contains the outputs of all built targets.


Optional String[] parameter.

Specifies the target or targets to build.


Optional Boolean parameter.

If true, the cached result is returned if present.

Note   When an MSBuild task is run, its output is cached in a scope (ProjectFileName, GlobalProperties)[TargetNames] as a list of build items.

If a target specified in Targets fails and RunEachTargetSeparately is true, the task continues to build the remaining targets.

If you want to build the default targets, use the MSBuild Task and set the Projects parameter equal to $(MSBuildProjectFile).

In addition to the parameters listed above, this task inherits parameters from the TaskExtension class, which itself inherits from the Task class. For a list of these additional parameters and their descriptions, see TaskExtension Base Class.

The following example calls TargetA from inside CallOtherTargets.

<Project DefaultTargets="CallOtherTargets"

    <Target Name="CallOtherTargets">
        <CallTarget Targets="TargetA"/>

    <Target Name="TargetA">
        <Message Text="Building TargetA..." />