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MSBuild Reference

MSBuild is the build system for Microsoft and Visual Studio. The topics in this section contain MSBuild reference information.

MSBuild Project File Schema Reference

Describes all the XML elements that make up the MSBuild file format.

MSBuild Task Reference

Describes some of the typical tasks that are included with MSBuild.

MSBuild Conditions

Describes the conditions available in MSBuild files.

MSBuild Conditional Constructs

Describes how to use the Choose, While, and Otherwise elements.

MSBuild Reserved Properties

Describes the MSBuild reserved properties.

Common MSBuild Project Properties

Describes the various project properties that are either common to all project types or often-used by a particular project type.

Common MSBuild Project Items

Describes the various project items that are either common to all project types or often-used by a particular project type.

MSBuild Command Line Reference

Describes the arguments and switches available for use with MSBuild.exe.

MSBuild .Targets Files

Describes the .Targets files that is included with MSBuild.

MSBuild Well-known Item Metadata

Lists the metadata that is created together with every item.

MSBuild Response Files

Explains the .rsp files that contain command-line switches.

Additional Resources for MSBuild

Provides links to MSBuild Web sites and newsgroups.

Windows Presentation Foundation MSBuild Reference

Contains an MSBuild targets and task reference for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Overrideable Command Line Properties

Gives a list of properties that can overridden when you perform command-line builds.

Special Characters to Escape

Gives a list of special characters that, in some circumstances, must be "escaped" to be interpreted correctly. An escape sequence is a series of characters that signifies that what follows is an alternative interpretation.

MSBuild Overview

Gives an overview of MSBuild features and processes.


Introduces information about MSBuild and how to use it to build projects.

General Reference for the .NET Framework

Contains reference information related to the .NET Framework.