What is Cake?

Cake (C# Make) is a cross-platform build automation system with a C# DSL for tasks such as compiling code, copying files and folders, running unit tests, compressing files and building NuGet packages.

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Cake is built on top of the Roslyn compiler which enables you to write your build scripts in pure C#.

Cross platform & cross runtime

Cake runs on .NET Core, .NET Framework, Mono and is available on Windows, Linux and macOS. See Runners for a list of available runners.

IDE integration

Cake can run as simple console applications with full IDE integration including IntelliSense or refactoring. There are extensions available to provide advanced features for most popular IDEs and editors. See Editors for detailed feature list.


Regardless if you're building on your own machine, or building on a CI system such as AppVeyor, Azure DevOps, TeamCity or Jenkins, Cake is built to behave in the same way.

Batteries included

Cake supports the most common tools used during builds such as MSBuild, .NET Core CLI, MSTest, xUnit, NUnit, NuGet, ILMerge, WiX and SignTool out of the box and many more through an ever growing list of addins and modules.

Open source

We believe in open source and so should you. The source code for Cake is hosted on GitHub and includes everything needed to build it yourself.