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.netstandard2.0 Project - DocFX MSBuild Error

If you are facing issues when trying to generate documentation for your .netstandard2.0 project. Try the solution mentioned in this post.

Abhith Rajan
Abhith RajanNovember 20, 2018 · 1 min read · Last Updated:

I tried to generate documentation for a .netstandard2.0 project using DocFX.

  • Installed DocFX using chocolatey package.
  • Created a sample project using command line.
docfx init
  • Updated the docfx.json w.r.t the folder structure.
  • Build the website using command line.
docfx --serve

The DocFX site builded but project specific documentation not generated. And there were some warnings like

Warning:No metadata is generated for ProjectName

SDK “Microsoft.NET.Sdk” not found


Set environment variable MSBuildSDKsPath pointing right to the SDK path. In my case,

C:\Program Files\dotnet\sdk\2.1.500\Sdks

After setting the environment variable, closed the command line (VS Code) and re opened. Tried building the DocFX again and it worked.

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