Download .NET 8 Release Candidate 1 (Offline Installers)

Microsoft has now released .NET 8 Release Candidate (RC) 1. This is the first of the two release candidates that will be made available before the actual release of .NET 8 stable on .NET Conf 2023 to be held on 14-16th November 2023.

With this release, major improvements have been announced for ASP.NET Core, .NET MAUI, and Entity Framework Core included in .NET 8 RC 1.

Let us continue to see the new improvements in this release before continuing to download it.

New in .NET 8 Release Candidate 1

Improvements to System.Text.Json

The following improvements have been made to the System.Text.Json source generator:

  • System.Net.Http.Json extensions for IAsyncEnumerable.
  • JsonContent.Create overloads accepting JsonTypeInfo
  • JsonNode.ParseAsync APIs
  • JsonSerializerOptions.MakeReadOnly(bool populateMissingResolver)

Containers switch to non-preview tagging pattern

In preparation for the General Availability release of .NET 8, the .NET container images have switched to a new tagging pattern for RC 1 that removes “preview” from the tag name.

Floating tags with the names 8.0-preview and 8.0-preview-<OS> were issued in earlier .NET 8 preview versions. With the release of RC 1, these will no longer be maintained. Your tag references will now be updated to 8.0 or 8.0-<OS> instead.

Since these will be the permanent tags that are retained for the duration of .NET 8, making this modification will enable a smooth transition with the stable release of .NET 8.

Cross-building Windows apps with Win32 resources on non-Windows

When building applications targeting Windows on non-Windows platforms, the resulting executable is now updated with any specified Win32 resources – for example, application icon, manifest, version information.

Until recently, Windows-based apps were required for access to these services. Since it was a big pain point affecting both infrastructure complexity and resource utilisation, closing this gap in cross-building support has been a common request.

Other features and improvements

There is a list of improvements in .NET 8 RC 1. Click on the given links below to learn more about them:

To learn more, read this .NET 8 RC 1 announcement.

Download .NET 8 RC 1

Use the direct download links below to download the .NET 8 RC 1 Runtime, SDKs, and ASP.NET Core matching your operating system and architecture. Simply click on the respective link in the “Download” column to begin the download.


.NET 8 RC1 Desktop RuntimeWindowsx64
.NET 8 RC1 RuntimeWindowsx64
.NET 8 RC1 RuntimemacOSx64
.NET 8 RC1 Runtime BinariesLinuxx64
.NET 8 RC1 Runtime BinariesLinux Alpinex64
Download .NET 8 RC1 Runtimes


.NET 8.0.100 RC1 SDKWindowsx64
.NET 8.0.100 RC1 SDKmacOSx64
.NET 8.0.100 RC1 SDK BinariesLinuxx64
.NET 8.0.100 RC1 SDK BinariesLinux Alpinex64
Download .NET 8 RC1 SDKs


.NET 8 RC1 ASP.NET Core RuntimeWindowsHosting bundle
ARM64 (Binaries)
.NET 8 RC1 ASP.NET Core Runtime BinariesmacOSx64
.NET 8 RC1 ASP.NET Core Runtime BinariesLinuxx64
.NET 8 RC1 ASP.NET Core Runtime BinariesLinux Alpinex64
Download .NET 8 RC1 ASP.NET Cores

Click on this link for more .NET 8 download options.

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 RC 1
    Install .NET 8 RC 1
  2. Close the wizard once the installation is complete.

    Close NET 8 installation wizard
    Close .NET 8 installation wizard

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
Check installed NET version
Check installed NET version

How to 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
    Uninstall .NET from Programs and Features

    The uninstallation wizard will now launch.

  4. Click “Uninstall” again.

    Uninstall NET from wizard
    Uninstall .NET from wizard
  5. When removed, click Close.

    Close NET uninstallation wizard
    Close .NET uninstallation wizard

Ending thoughts

.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 Release Candidate. Note that no more previewing will be released. Instead, Microsoft will now publish Release Candidates as the final, stable release approach.

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
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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).

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