Compare MSBuild vs FAKE and see what are their differences.


The Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) is the build platform for .NET and Visual Studio. (by dotnet)


FAKE - F# Make (by fsprojects)
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4,721 1,213
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9.8 7.8
7 days ago 9 days ago
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For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of MSBuild. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-06.


Posts with mentions or reviews of FAKE. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-08.
  • Achieving single command Infrastructure deployment using PowerShell DSC.
    10 projects | | 8 Apr 2022
    You may use other tools too: psake, make, cake, fake or any other *ake you are familiar with. I look at them as a tools that make build tasks behind simple commands and help me answer: How did I run that code again?
  • .NET build tool using Bullseye and SimpleExec
    6 projects | | 22 Feb 2022
    NAnt was quite a popular build tool used by projects of all sizes targeting .NET Framework on Windows. I have written many complex build systems using NAnt in the past. But XML based DSL was quite clunky to use and maintain. Besides, it was always a daunting task to explain to a new dev on the team. With .NET Core/.NET becoming a cross-platform framework, CAKE and FAKE gained a lot of adoption providing a C# and F# based DSL for build tasks accordingly.
  • Scala at Scale at Databricks
    2 projects | | 9 Nov 2021
    Check out and and for playing with F#.
  • What build tool(s) do people use for their applications?
    4 projects | | 8 Feb 2021
    Cake and Fake are both quite popular in the OSS world.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing MSBuild and FAKE you can also consider the following projects:

Cake - :cake: Cake (C# Make) is a cross platform build automation system.

NUKE - 🏗 The AKEless Build System for C#/.NET

Psake - A build automation tool written in PowerShell

CS Make - Sake Build

Roslyn - The Roslyn .NET compiler provides C# and Visual Basic languages with rich code analysis APIs.

FlubuCore - A cross platform build and deployment automation system for building projects and executing deployment scripts using C# code.

Nake - Magic script-based C# task runner for .NET Core

Albacore - Albacore is a professional quality suite of Rake tasks for building .NET or Mono based systems.

Invoke-Build - Build Automation in PowerShell