Is it possible to run a .NET Core console application silently (hide console window)?

Update 2018: In .NET Core 3.0+, you will be able to set <OutputType>WinExe</OutputType> inside of the csproj file.

Currently, this is not directly possible out of the box because Windows EXE files contain a flag indicating if it is a “console” or “GUI” application that Windows evaluates even before starting the application. However, this flag can be changed using editbin.exe (ships with Visual¬†Studio’ C++ build tools as far as I know).

Building on this, you could create a self-contained .NET Core application (removing the "type": "platform" from the project.json and adding a runtimes section) so your project output includes an actual .exe file and add a post-build script that invokes editbin.exe /subsystem:windows yourapp.exe.

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