Most Useful 20+ Visual Studio Add-ins
This is the list of the Visual Studio Add-ins, most of which are
open source or free. I hope this list will help you to code more faster
and effective. If there is not your favorite add-in in the below list,
do not hesitate to add it as a comment.
- makes it easy to run unit tests with a single click, anywhere in your
Visual Studio solutions. It supports all versions of Microsoft Visual
Studio .NET and it integrates with the best .NET development tools
including NCover, NCoverExplorer, Reflector, TypeMock, dotTrace, NUnit,
MbUnit, ZaneBug, MSBee & Team System.
- AnkhSVN - is a Visual Studio .NET addin for the Subversion
version control system. It allows you to perform the most common
version control operations directly from inside the VS.NET IDE. Not all
the functionality provided by SVN is (yet) supported, but the majority
of operations that support the daily workflow are implemented.
- C# Refactory - performs a large number of refactorings,
allowing you to re-shape your c-sharp code as needs arise. Refactoring
is an essential part of the extreme programming development approach.
C# refactory enables you to automate many refactorings thus increasing
the reliability and speed with which you can refactor your c-sharp code.
- GhostDoc - is a free add-in for Visual Studio that automatically generates XML
documentation comments for C#. Either by using existing documentation inherited
from base classes or implemented interfaces, or by deducing comments from
name and type of e.g. methods, properties or parameters.
is an extensible add-in to the Microsoft Visual Studio.NET development
environment, and a software development kit (SDK) supporting the rapid development of further extensions which will run within SharpTools.
- Google Plugin - Search Google from Visual Studio .NET
- Resource Refactoring Tool - provides developers an easy way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files.
- BIDS Helper - A set of VS.Net add-ins that extend and enhance the functionality of the SQL Server BI Development Studio.
- Power Toys
for Visual Studio - are small tools that provide aid to developer
pain-points or assist in diagnosing development-related issues. In
addition to providing support, the power toys are released as Microsoft
Shared Source to provide sample code to real-world solutions and allow
- Koders IDE
- enable software developers to perform Koders searches directly from
within the Eclipse or Visual Studio development environments by
extending the reach of the Koders.com open source code index to the
- Codekeep - Once
you've downloaded and installed a CodeKeep add-in, you can manage your
code snippets and search for other code snippets without ever having to
leave Visual Studio.
- Add-in is a Visual Studio.NET plugin for sharing code snippets in an
enterprise. It provides menu options within the IDE to contribute and
find code snippets from a central repository.
- RSS Blog Reader
- open source add-in and a full-featured RSS / Blog aggregator which
integrates into the familiar dockable panes of the Visual Studio.NET
- csUnit is a free
and open source unit testing tool for the .NET Framework. csUnit works
with all .NET languages including C#, Visual Basic .NET, J#, and
managed C++. It comes with a choice of command line, graphical user
interface, and an addin for Visual Studio.
- Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET - The
Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET (ODT) is a tightly
integrated Add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio. Features are generate SQL scripts for Oracle schema, generate ASP.NET web applications with very little coding required, drag and drop and automatically generate .NET code, seamlessly step from your .NET code into your PL/SQL stored procedure code and back out again, etc...
- WSCF - A Free Visual Studio Add-In and Command Line Tool for ImprovedSchema-Based Contract-First Web Services Design and Programming
- ZipStudio - provides
a means of zipping up complete or partial Visual Studio solutions and
projects and associated files, directly from in Visual Studio itself.
- MySQL Developer Tools
is a powerful add-in designed to simplify the MySQL database
application development process. It integrates into Visual Studio and
Delphi, making all database development and administration tasks
available from your favorite IDE. It provides an easier way to explore
and maintain existing databases, design compound SQL statements, query
and manipulate data in different ways.
- Comment Reflower
- is an Add-in for Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 to reflow the text in
comments in source files to have even word wrapping. It does more than
simply just wrapping all text in comment blocks.
- provides users with a shell window inside the Visual Studio IDE that
can be used for Visual Studio commands as well. Current version allows
user to use either Windows Command Shell (cmd.exe) or Windows PowerShell.
- IBM Database Add-ins -
development Add-In and managed provider for the Microsoft .NET platform
includes RAD features, DB2 database project, scripting wizards, and CLR
stored procedures to simplify building DB2 applications using Visual
is a tool for commenting and the quick automatic generation of class
documentation from your C# and VB .NET source code files. It is ideal
tool for you if you create .NET component, control, application, smart
device or web site (ASP .NET) projects
- CopySourceAsHtml - An
add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 that allows you to copy source
code, syntax highlighting, and line numbers as HTML. CSAH uses Visual
Studio's syntax highlighting and font and color settings automatically.
- Codexchange - is
an Visual Studio.NET add-in providing you with instant integrated
access to an online repository of ready to use .NET code snippets
- ADO.NET Express
- is an add-in for Visual Studio 2003 that automates common tasks of
writing repetitive data access code. ADO.NET Express generates class
methods for calling stored procedures and executing common types of SQL
- VSTypeFinderAddin - for Visual Studio 2005 provides the possibility to search for all classes, structs, enums and delegates in a solution.
- is a Visual Studio AddIn that provides the aspect oriented
capabilities to the .Net languages (C#,VB.Net,J#), this AddIn was
developed as a graduation project
is the class browser, explorer, analyzer and documentation viewer for
.NET. Reflector allows to easily view, navigate, search, decompile and
analyze .NET assemblies in C#, Visual Basic and IL.
Resources and Articles on Visual Studio Add-in
Free collection of VS .NET 2003 and 2005 tools. Brings tools designed
for greatly increase developer’s productivity, automate repetitive
processes and expand upon some of VS features.
(pronounced ri-jeh-neh-rate) is a new open-source tool for developers
and team leaders that allows you to automatically apply layout rules on
is intended for use in programming environments and other circumstances
where a monospaced font is specified. All characters have the same
width, like old typewriters, making it a good choice for personal and
business correspondence. Optimizing the font specifically for ClearType
allowed a design with proportions closer to normal text than
traditional monospaced fonts like Courier. This allows for more
comfortable reading of extended text on-screen.
- Project MRU Cleaner Add-In
- Explore In Windows Add-In for Visual Studio 2005
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