You receive the following error message when running a C# program that uses a Json configuration file.
The configuration file 'appsettings.json' was not found and is not optional
In .NET (C# and ASP.NET), we can store application settings in a file called appsettings.json. The file stores configuration items using key-value pairs.
To use an appconfiguration.json file in C#, we need to install the following .NET package.
dotnet add package Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.Json --version 7.0.0
To resolve the error message above, open your application’s project file by right-clicking on the application name in Visual Studio and adding the following lines.
<ItemGroup> <None Update="appsettings.json"> <CopyToOutputDirectory>Always</CopyToOutputDirectory> </None> </ItemGroup>
You can do the same by clicking the appsettings.json file and setting the copy to an Output directory.