Today's fun task was to download all of the Nuget packages from our internal NuGet server and push them up to our new Nexus OSS environment. Since I didn't feel like doing clicking through each one and downloading all of the versions manually I wanted an automated way of doing it. Turns out, it's pretty easy. I have used this with both an authenticated feed in TFS and an unauthenticated feed withour older NuGet gallery server.

  1. Create a new C# console application
  2. Add a reference to the NuGet.Core NuGet package
  3. Use the PackageRepositoryFactory to connect to your feed
  4. Search with an empty string
  5. Save the package stream.
  6. Download nuget.exe to c:\nuget\nuget.exe
  7. Run c:\nuget\nuget.exe push c:\packages\*.nupkg -source <new nuget url> -apikey <your api key>

Here's my entire application (program.cs) code. Note, I already had a Packages folder on my C drive

using System;
using System.IO;
using NuGet;

namespace NugetDownloader
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            var packageId = string.Empty; //Don't filter the search
            var path = "c:\\packages"; //Output folder
            var repositoryUrl = "<<NUGET SERVER>/api/v2"; //Url of the V2 nuget api
            var repository = PackageRepositoryFactory.Default.CreateRepository(repositoryUrl);
            var packages = repository.Search(packageId, true);
            var packageManager = new PackageManager(repository, path);

            foreach (var package in packages)
                var fileName = Path.Combine(path, package.Id + "-" + package.Version.ToFullString() + ".nupkg";

                using (var stream = package.GetStream())
                    File.WriteAllBytes(fileName), stream.ReadAllBytes());