Download .NET 7 Preview 2 (Offline Installers)

After nearly a month’s gap, .NET 7 Preview 2 has been released by Microsoft for you to test and try out. This release focuses on RegEx source generators and other improvements to the “dotnet new” Command Line Interface (CLI) experience.

If you are willing to try out the new features, you can download the runtimes, SDKs, and the ASP .NET Core from the direct download links given below for the following operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • MacOS

But before you do, we suggest you read through the new features highlighted below.

New in .NET 7 Preview 2

Support

Since .NET 7 is the current release of .NET, it will receive free support and patches from Microsoft for the next 18 months.

In terms of operating systems, this release will be compatible with the following architectures on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 8:

  • AMD x64
  • Intel x64
  • ARM (aarch64)
  • IBM Z
  • LinuxONE (s390x)

RegEx Source Generator

The RegEx source generator was first introduced in .NET 7 Preview 1. It is a RegEx engine optimized for your particular pattern, just without the overhead of having to build the engine at runtime.

It brings all of the performance benefits from the compiled engine without the startup cost, and it also has additional benefits, like providing a great debugging experience as well as being trimming-friendly.

To learn how to use this feature, refer to this Microsoft post.

SDK Improvements

The “dotnet new” command has been given a more consistent and intuitive interface for many of the subcommands that users already use. Furthermore, support for tab completion of template options and arguments has been massively updated, which now gives rapid feedback on valid arguments and options as the user types.

All of the commands in the “dotnet new --help” output no longer have the “--” prefix that they do today. This is more in line with what users expect from subcommands in a CLI application.

There are many other improvements in .NET 7 Preview 2. If you want to read more, refer to this Microsoft blog post.

Download .NET 7 Preview 2

Use the direct download links below to download the .NET 7 Preview 2 Runtime, SDKs, and ASP.NET Core matching your operating system and architecture:

Runtime

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Desktop Runtime for Windows x64

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Desktop Runtime for Windows x86

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Desktop Runtime for Windows ARM64

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime for macOS x64

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime for macOS ARM64

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm32

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm64

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm32 Alpine

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm64 Alpine

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime Binaries for Linux x64

Download .NET 7.0.0 Preview 2 Runtime Binaries for Linux x64 Alpine

SDKs

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 for Windows x64

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 for Windows x86

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 for Windows ARM64

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 for macOS x64

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 for macOS ARM64

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm32

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm64

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm32 Alpine

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm64 Alpine

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux x64

Download .NET SDK 7.0.100 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux x64 Alpine

ASP.NET Core

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Hosting Bundle for Windows

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 for Windows x64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 for Windows x86

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Windows ARM64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for macOS x64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for macOS ARM64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm32

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm32 Alpine

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux Arm64 Alpine

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux x64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 7.0.0 Preview 2 Binaries for Linux x64 Alpine

More download and install options here.

Install .NET 7 Preview 2

You can begin by downloading .NET 7 Preview 2 for your architecture from the links above and then execute it to begin the installation process.

  1. Run the installation package by double-clicking it (in the case of macOS and Windows), and then clicking Install on the installation wizard.
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  2. The installation will now begin. It does not take much time nor does it require a restart. Click Close once it has been installed successfully.
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You have now installed .NET 7 Preview 1. You may check which .NET version is running by typing in the following command in Command Prompt:

wmic product get description | findstr /C:.NET
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.NET 7 Preview 2 successfully installed

Final Thoughts

Since this is a preview release, it might not be entirely stable. Therefore we suggest that you only install it on non-production environments until the stable release.

For now, it can be used with Visual Studio 17.2 Preview 1 since Microsoft has already tested its compatibility.

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