Installing #SNMP Library#

By Lex Li

This page shows you how to install #SNMP Library to your project on Windows. The usage on other platforms (macOS and Linux) should be quite similar.

Install #SNMP Library via NuGet#

The easiest way to get started building applications with #SNMP Library is to install via NuGet in the latest version of Visual Studio 2015 (including the free Community edition).

  1. Install Visual Studio 2015.

    Be sure to specify that you include the Windows and Web Development.

  2. Install latest NuGet Package Manager.

    This will install the latest NuGet tooling.

  3. Open/create an empty Windows Forms project.

  4. Install #SNMP Library NuGet packages following NuGet conventions.

The latest package can be found at,


In 10.0.0 release, the platform extensions package is required for .NET Framework, Xamarin.iOS, and Xamarin.Android applications so as to use DES/AES encryption. This package is no longer needed in release 10.0.1 and above.


In 10.0.9 release, AES privacy providers based on Bouncy Castle are shipped in a new package for .NET Core/UWP scenarios. As Bouncy Castle AES algorithms are slower than native AES in general, if you are targeting a platform with native AES support, such as .NET Framework/Mono/Xamarin, this package should not be used.


DES privacy provider based on Bouncy Castle would be available in 10.0.10 release.


Starting from 11.0.0 release, Lextm.SharpSnmpLib.BouncyCastle package is obsolete, and no longer published. You can compile your own copy using the source code from the samples .

Install #SNMP Library via source code#

#SNMP Library source code can be directly used in your project.

  1. Download the source code from GitHub, or clone the repo directly.

  2. Run prepare.bat on Windows (or on non-Windows platforms) to prepare the code base for compilation.


    This step is no longer needed in release 10.0.10 and above.

  3. Open/create a empty Windows Forms project in a solution.

  4. Add SharpSnmpLib.csproj (release 10.0 and above), and SharpSnmpLib.Full.csproj (10.0.0) in SharpSnmpLib directory to your solution.


SharpSnmpLib.Android.csproj and SharpSnmpLib.iOS.csproj might be used to target Xamarin platforms for release 10.0.0. They are no longer needed for 10.0.1 release and above.


Other projects (SharpSnmpLib.BouncyCastle.csproj) are optional.

Sample projects for #SNMP Library are available in their own repo .