MSBuild VS Invoke-Build

Compare MSBuild vs Invoke-Build and see what are their differences.


The Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) is the build platform for .NET and Visual Studio. (by dotnet)
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MSBuild Invoke-Build
11 2
4,721 508
0.6% -
9.8 7.1
4 days ago about 1 month ago
C# PowerShell
MIT License Apache License 2.0
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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 Invoke-Build. 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
    So I need to take a step back and Start-DscConfiguration won't be my entry point to deployment. I need a .ps1 script that installs modules. Or, bear with me, I'll be using a PowerShell build tool: Invoke-Build.
  • Module workflow in VS Code?
    4 projects | | 15 Apr 2021
    I discovered the Invoke-Build build system, PSScriptAnalyzer for linting, and Pester for testing/mocking. I wrote a GitLab CI/CD pipeline that takes advantage of all of this to push releases to our company's PSRepo. I also discovered the Plaster template system for scaffolding new projects, and created a custom company template for standardizing our repo structures.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing MSBuild and Invoke-Build 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

FAKE - FAKE - F# Make

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.

Pester - Pester is the ubiquitous test and mock framework for PowerShell.