Download .NET 8 Preview 5 (Offline Installers)

Key Points

  • .NET 8 Preview 5 introduces .NET MAUI.
  • Several fixes and improvements have been made to .NET libraries, analyzers, and Metrics APIs.

.NET 8 Preview 5 is now available to download. With this release, Microsoft has also included .NET MAUI with significant bug fixes and other improvements. Now, developers can create cross-platform applications using .NET.

Although this is the preview version, which means that things are yet to be finalized, .NET 8 Preview 5 introduces some game-changing features for the developer’s convenience. It includes an option to simplify the output path and folder structure for build outputs and includes improvements for the .NET libraries, serialization, and extension libraries.

With that, the final, stable release of .NET is expected to be in November 2023.

Let us now see what’s new in .NET 8 Preview 5 before moving on to downloading the Runtimes, SDKs, and the ASP.NET Cores.

What’s New in .NET 8 Preview 5

.NET MAUI

.NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI) is a framework used to develop cross-platform applications using the same code base. This means that the developers can now create the same application on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices with the same core code, rather than creating the app from scratch for each platform.

.NET 8 Preview 5 is the first of its releases within the .NET 8 family to include .NET MAUI.

This update has been published with a plethora of improvements and fixes for .NET MAUI. Here are a few:

  • iOS Keyboard Scrolling: ContentInsets were added to improve the scrolling behavior of the iOS keyboard.
  • Test Improvements: Various improvements and fixes were made to the tests, including the removal of the skip attribute from a test related to SearchBarHandler.
  • Performance Enhancements: Performance improvements were made to the {Binding} mechanism and the layout performance of labels on Android.
  • Bug Fixes: Several bug fixes were implemented, addressing issues such as gestures in Label Spans, Entry issues with the keyboard, Label truncation on iOS, CollectionView issues, ContentView RTL, and more.

To read more on the bug fixes for .NET MAUI, read these Release Notes.

You will also find a detailed guide on how to upgrade your .NET MAUI version here.

Improvements to Metrics APIs

Metrics APIs collect and transport measurements from an example application. Microsoft has now introduced the “IMeterFactory” interface that can be registered in DI containers and used to create Meter objects in an isolated environment.

You can find the ways and examples to use the IMeterFactory in this Microsoft post.

Additionally, developers can now also create Meters and Instruments with attached key-value pair tags.

The .NET 8 Preview 5 SDK now includes Source Link to enhance the IDE experience of the developers when inspecting Sourcelinked NuGet Packages. The goal of this feature is to let anyone build NuGet libraries to provide source debugging for their users with little to no extra effort.

Microsoft intends to make more packages automatically provide this information by incorporating Source Link into the SDK rather than requiring a separate PackageReference.

Addition of .NET Library Analyzers

.NET library analyzers are coding partners built into SDK and the IDE that recognize issues and suggest corrections as you write the code. This way, there are fewer chances of debugging and making a mistake along the way.

Microsoft has now added a list of different analyzers in .NET 8 Preview 5. However, they had started to include them since the release of Preview 1.

You can find a list of analyzers along with the contributors here.

Other Features and Improvements

There is a list of improvements in .NET 8 Preview 5. Click on the given links below to learn more about them:

To learn more about what’s new in .NET 8 Preview 5, read this announcement by Microsoft.

Download .NET 8 Preview 5

Use the direct download links below to download the .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime, SDKs, and ASP.NET Core matching your operating system and architecture.

Runtime

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Desktop Runtime for Windows x64

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Desktop Runtime for Windows x86

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Desktop Runtime for Windows ARM64

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime for macOS x64

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime for macOS ARM64

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm32

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm64

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm32 Alpine

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime Binaries for Linux Arm64 Alpine

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime Binaries for Linux x64

Download .NET 8 Preview 5 Runtime Binaries for Linux x64 Alpine

SDK

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 for Windows x64

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 for Windows x86

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 for Windows ARM64

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 for macOS x64

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 for macOS ARM64

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 for Linux Arm32

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm64

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm32 Alpine

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm64 Alpine

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux x64

Download .NET SDK 8.0.100 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux x64 Alpine

ASP.NET Core

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Hosting Bundle for Windows

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 for Windows x64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 for Windows x86

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Windows ARM64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for macOS x64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for macOS ARM64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm32

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm32 Alpine

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux Arm64 Alpine

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux x64

Download ASP.NET Core Runtime 8 Preview 5 Binaries for Linux x64 Alpine

More download and install options for .NET 8  here.

Install .NET 8

You can begin by downloading the right .NET version for you from the links above and then running it to begin the installation process. Here is how:

Once you have installed the newer .NET preview version, all your applications will run using the new build as the previous preview version will be replaced. However, if a stable version is installed and running, it will not be replaced.

  1. Execute the downloaded installation package and click “Install.”

    Install NET 8 Preview 5
    Install .NET 8 Preview 5

    Run the installation package by double-clicking it (in the case of macOS and Windows), and then clicking Install on the installation wizard.

  2. Close the wizard once the installation is complete.

    Close installation wizard
    Close installation wizard

    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.

You have now installed the .NET. You may check which .NET version is running by running the following command in Command Prompt:

wmic product get description | findstr /C:.NET
Confirm the NET installed version
Confirm the .NET installed version

How to Remove/Uninstall .NET

If you wish to remove a .NET version from your computer, you can simply uninstall it like any other regular application. Here are the steps to following:

  1. Press the Windows Key + R shortcut keys to open the Run Command box.

  2. Type in “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open the Programs and Features applet.

    Open Programs & Features applet
    Open Programs & Features applet
  3. Right-click the .NET component that you want to remove, then click “Uninstall” from the context menu.

    Uninstall NET from Programs and Features applet
    Uninstall .NET from the Programs and Features applet

    The uninstallation wizard will now launch.

  4. Click “Uninstall” again.

    Uninstall Microsoft NET
    Uninstall Microsoft .NET
  5. When removed, click Close.

    Close the NET removal wizard
    Close the NET removal wizard

Closing Words

.NET 8 will replace .NET 6 in the Long Term Support (LTS) channel which is said to be supported for 3 years after its initial release. Currently, its preview version is available to download which is now Preview 5.

That said, we suggest that you remain on the stable releases for your production environment while continuing to test out the latest features and improvements in an isolated environment within .NET 8.

.NET 8 Release History

Complete VersionRelease DateSignificant ImprovementsAnnouncement
.NET 8.0.312-Mar-24– Addresses 2 security vulnerabilities
– Updates repositories
Microsoft announces .NET 8.0.3
.NET 8.0.213-Feb-24– Addresses 2 security vulnerabilities
– Updates repositories
Microsoft announces .NET 8.0.2
.NET 8.0.19-Jan-24– Includes security improvements
– Updates repositories
– Updates to .NET Docker images
Microsoft announces .NET 8.0.1
.NET 814-Nov-23– Includes security improvements
– Fastest .NET version to date
– AI integration in .NET apps
– AOT replaces JIT
Microsoft announces .NET 8
.NET 8 RC 210-Oct-23– Package READMEs for .NET libraries
– Publish directly to TAR.GZ archives
– Tensor Primitives for .NET
Microsoft announces .NET 8 RC 2
.NET 8 RC 112-Sep-23– Improvements to System.Text.JsonMicrosoft announces .NET 8 RC 1
.NET 8 Preview 78-Aug-23– Improvements to System.Text.Json
– Keyed services support amongst many other changes
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 7
.NET 8 Preview 611-Jul-23– Improvements to System.Text.Json
– New overloads
– Addition of options validation source generator
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 6
.NET 8 Preview 513-Jun-23– Improved Metrics APIs
– Included .NET MAUI
– Improved IDE experience with source link integration
– Addition of .NET libraries analyzers
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 5
.NET 8 Preview 416-May-23– Nuget security improvements to Template Engines
– New terminal build output
– Updates to simplified output paths
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 4
.NET 8 Preview 311-Apr-23– Updates to SDK and Runtime libraries
– Optimizations to JIT compilers
– Improvements to containers
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 3
.NET 8 Preview 214-Mar-23– Updates to libraries
– Introspection support for function pointers
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 2
.NET 8 Preview 121-Feb-23– Native AOT
– Improvements to container images and Runtime Libraries
Microsoft announces .NET 8 Preview 1
.NET 8 version history
If you liked this post, Share it on:
Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

Leave the first comment

Get Updates in Your Inbox

Sign up for the regular updates and be the first to know about the latest tech information