The .NET Standard is a formal specification of .NET APIs that are intended to be available on all .NET runtimes. The motivation behind the .NET Standard is establishing greater uniformity in the .NET ecosystem. Consider tagging a more specific version of .NET Standard in your question.

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"Using .NET Standard requires you to use PackageReference to eliminate the pain of “lots of packages” as well as properly handle transitive dependencies. While you may be able to use .NET Standard without PackageReference, I wouldn’t recommend it."


As the newest members of the .NET family, there’s much confusion about .NET Core and .NET Standard and how they differ from the .NET Framework. In this article, I’ll explain exactly what each of these are and look at when you should choose each one.


.NET Standard is great; .NET Standard is an interface that allows you to write libraries once and consume them from different applications on different .NET platforms, including ones that don't even exist yet. Standalone libraries are often straightforward to upgrade to .NET Standard, but what about libraries with dependencies? In particular, libraries with dependencies on technologies that target frameworks other than .NET Standard.