How to download a package?

The short answer is don't, at least not manually. NuGet provides a faster better way to incorporate a library into your project.

Give it a try:

Why NuGet?

Typically, when you download a zip file that contains an assembly, you have to:

  • “Unblock” the package to mark the downloaded package as safe
  • Unzip the package contents (assemblies, images, css files, etc.) into a location in the solution
  • Add an assembly reference to the project
  • Update the web.config file with the correct settings (which you probably have to search for if they’re not included in the package somehow.)

NuGet does all this for you! For a brief overview of what NuGet is, see NuGet overview.