Troubleshooting Guide: Resolving the Not Possible to Find Compatible Framework Version Error


When developing applications using the .NET Core framework, you may run into the error "Not possible to find compatible framework version." This issue typically occurs when there is a mismatch between the application's target framework and the installed .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions. This guide will walk you through the steps to identify the cause and resolve the error.

## Table of Contents

1. [Identifying the Cause](#identifying-the-cause)
2. [Resolving the Error](#resolving-the-error)
   a. [Update the Target Framework](#update-the-target-framework)
   b. [Install the Required .NET Core SDK/Runtime](#install-the-required-net-core-sdkruntime)
3. [FAQ](#faq)

## Identifying the Cause

The first step in resolving the error is to identify the cause. You need to check the target framework of your application and the installed .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions.

1. To find your application's target framework, open the project file (usually `.csproj` or `.fsproj`) and look for the `<TargetFramework>` element. For example:


To check the installed .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions on your machine, open a terminal or command prompt and run the following commands:

dotnet --list-sdks
dotnet --list-runtimes

Compare the target framework of your application with the installed .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions. If there is a mismatch, proceed to the next section to resolve the error.

Resolving the Error

Update the Target Framework

One way to resolve the error is to update your application's target framework to match the installed .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions. To do this, update the <TargetFramework> element in your project file to the desired version, for example:


Save the changes and rebuild your application.

Install the Required .NET Core SDK/Runtime

Alternatively, you can install the .NET Core SDK/Runtime version that your application is targeting. Visit the .NET Core downloads page to download the appropriate version for your operating system.

Once installed, rebuild your application and the error should be resolved.


How do I know which .NET Core SDK/Runtime version to install?

Check your application's target framework in the project file. For example, if your target framework is netcoreapp3.1, you need to install the .NET Core 3.1 SDK/Runtime.

Can I have multiple .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions installed on my machine?

Yes, you can have multiple .NET Core SDK/Runtime versions installed side-by-side on your machine. This allows you to develop and run applications targeting different framework versions.

What is the difference between .NET Core SDK and .NET Core Runtime?

The .NET Core SDK includes the tools and libraries required to build .NET Core applications, while the .NET Core Runtime includes the libraries and components required to run .NET Core applications. As a developer, you usually need both the SDK and Runtime installed on your machine.

How do I update my application to target a newer .NET Core version?

Update the <TargetFramework> element in your project file to the desired .NET Core version. For example, to target .NET Core 5.0, update the element to <TargetFramework>net5.0</TargetFramework>.

Can I target multiple .NET Core versions in my application?

Yes, you can use the <TargetFrameworks> element (plural) in your project file to specify multiple target frameworks. Separate the framework versions with a semicolon. For example:


Keep in mind that targeting multiple frameworks may require additional code changes to ensure compatibility with each version.

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