Setting up Ubuntu 17.10 for .NET Core Development (including SQL Server, Visual Studio Code, PowerShell and SQL Operations Studio)

In this post I will show you how to set up an Ubuntu desktop that you can use for .NET Core Development.


Maybe because you want to do Microsoft development on older hardware or because you think Windows is too bloated.

Install the OS

In this example I use the latest Ubuntu version. Mind you, in April another LTS version will be out but I can’t wait and will probably update this article.

Update and essentials

Once installed, open up your terminal and enter:

This the essentials you will want, build tools and zsh.

Oh My Zsh

I prefer the zsh and Oh My Zsh over Bash because of its auto complete features and eye candy.

And the Powerline fonts for a lovely prompt:

Set the default shell to zsh:

Now log out and log back in.
You can then set your favorite theme by editing ~/.zshrc.


Next we will install Node.js and fix npm so we can run it without sudo:

Trust the Microsoft sources

Add the repo’s for the .Net Core SDK, Powershell, Visual Studio Code, SQL Server at once

Now install the software:

Configure Sql Server

You will need to run setup to choose the correct Sql Server version and to set the SA password.

Install Sql Server Tools

Next we need to instal sqlcmd:

And we’re done

We now have an Ubuntu desktop for .NET Core development, including Sql Server. Now go ahead and do

Next, install the Entity Framework Core package, create a full fledged backend and enjoy the fact that Microsoft has gone out of its way to make this all possible!


For your convenience: here is a Gist that contains this script.