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The following compiler options are sorted by category.

Compiler Options

Output Files
Option Purpose


Specifies output file name.


Specifies the format of the output file using one of three options:/target:exe/target:library/target:winexe.

.NET Framework Assemblies
Option Purpose


Automatically references assemblies if they have the same name as an imported namespace or as a type annotation when declaring a variable.


Specifies the location of assemblies referenced via /reference.


Does not import standard library (mscorlib.dll).


Imports metadata from a file that contains an assembly.

Debugging/Error Checking
Option Purpose


Emits debugging information.


Specifies code page for compiler messages.


Helps to make sure that all overrides are explicit.


Sets warning level.


Promotes warnings to errors.

Option Purpose


Defines preprocessor symbols.

Option Purpose


Creates a link to a managed resource.


Embeds a managed resource in an assembly.


Inserts a Win32 resource into the output file.

Option Purpose

@ (Specify Response File)

Specifies a response file.


Specifies the code page to use for all source code files in the compilation.


Produces an output file optimized for speed but that does not support certain language features from previous releases.

/help, /?

Lists compiler options to stdout.


Suppresses compiler banner information.

/platform (JScript)

Specifies the platform type.


Specifies whether the print statement shall be defined.


Displays compiler output using UTF-8 encoding.

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