MSBuild is Now Open Source

Today, Microsoft announced that it is open sourcing MSBuild.

A new chapter was written in Microsoft’s history when it announced open sourcing its .NET Framework at VS Connect event in New York last year. To continue the chapter, Microsoft today open sourced its Visual Studio build engine, Microsoft Build.

Today, Microsoft announced that it is open sourcing MSBuild. The MSBuild is being contributed to the .NET Foundation and is now available on GitHub to download, share, and contribute.

MSBuild Components includes MSBuild.exe, Microsoft.Build namespaces, Microsoft.Build.Framework namespace, Microsoft.Build.Tasks, Microsoft.Build.Utilities namespace.

 “MSBuild is being contributed to the .NET Foundation”

Definition from MSDN:

Microsoft Build Engine is a platform for building applications. This engine, which is also known as MSBuild, provides an XML schema for a project file that controls how the build platform processes and builds software. Visual Studio uses MSBuild, but it doesn't depend on Visual Studio. By invoking msbuild.exe on your project or solution file, you can orchestrate and build products in environments where Visual Studio isn't installed.

Visual Studio uses MSBuild to load and build managed projects. The project files in Visual Studio (.csproj,.vbproj, vcxproj, and others) contain MSBuild XML code that executes when you build a project by using the IDE. Visual Studio projects import all the necessary settings and build processes to do typical development work, but you can extend or modify them from within Visual Studio or by using an XML editor.