.NET 6.0.0 RC 2 - October 12, 2021
The .NET 6.0.0 RC 2 and .NET SDK 6.0.100-rc.2.21505.57 releases are available for download. The latest 6.0 release is always listed at .NET 6.0 Releases.
What's new in .NET 6 RC 2
.NET 6 is the next major release of .NET following .NET 5. You can see some of the new features available with .NET 6 RC 2 at dotnet/core #6570.
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- Includes the .NET Runtime and ASP.NET Core Runtime
- For hosting stand-alone apps on Windows Servers. Includes the ASP.NET Core Module for IIS and can be installed separately on servers without installing .NET Runtime.
The .NET SDK includes a matching updated .NET Runtime. Downloading the Runtime or ASP.NET Core packages is not needed when installing the SDK.
You can check your .NET SDK version by running the following command. The example version shown is for this release.
$ dotnet --version 6.0.100-rc.2.21505.57
.NET 6.0 RC2 Support and Servicing
.NET 6 RC2 is supported for use in production, which means you can build an app using .NET 6 RC2, deploy this app to a production environment, and expect the level of support and servicing you would normally get for a stable (non-preview) release such as .NET 5. We will continue to support RC2 for 30 days after .NET 6 GA ships.
You can contact the team directly at [email protected] if you run into challenges in your production environment.
.NET 6 RC2 will not be updated after it is released. You will need to update your environment to .NET 6 GA for future improvements, including security updates.
.NET Multi-Platform App UI (MAUI) Workload Downloads
.NET 6 introduces Android, iOS, and macOS SDKs for developing native applications. These provide the foundational mobile and desktop pieces for the new .NET MAUI. See documentation for additional setup instructions and creating your first .NET MAUI application.
After installing the .NET SDK, you can install .NET MAUI using the
dotnet workload install command:
$ dotnet workload install maui
The following workloads are also available to install individually:
$ dotnet workload install android $ dotnet workload install ios $ dotnet workload install maccatalyst $ dotnet workload install macos $ dotnet workload install tvos
Visit .NET Documentation to learn about .NET, for building many different types of applications.
The .NET Docker images have been updated for this release. The .NET Docker samples show various ways to use .NET and Docker together. You can use the following command to try running the latest .NET 6.0 release in containers:
docker run --rm mcr.microsoft.com/dotnet/samples
The following repos have been updated.
- dotnet/sdk: .NET SDK
- dotnet/aspnet: ASP.NET Core Runtime
- dotnet/runtime: .NET Runtime
- dotnet/runtime-deps: .NET Runtime Dependencies
- dotnet/samples: .NET Samples
Visual Studio Compatibility
You need Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0 or later to use .NET 6.0 on Windows.
Your feedback is important and appreciated. We've created an issue at dotnet/core #6795 for your questions and comments.