Extend Visual Studio IDE

Create the perfect tool for you and your team by using and building extensions. Over 700,000 are downloaded
per month.

What are Extensions

Extensions are add-ons that allow you to customize and enhance your experience in Visual Studio by adding new features or integrating existing tools. An extension can range in all levels of complexity, but its main purpose is to increase your productivity and cater to your workflow. There are thousands of extensions already available in the Visual Studio Marketplace for you to download and you can also create your own and upload them to share with other developers.

What Can Extensions Do

Add the functionality you need to Visual Studio by augmenting the user experience. Extensions give you the ability to:

Add support for external tools not yet integrated with Visual Studio

Increase productivity with custom modifications

Personalize Visual Studio based on your workflow and style

Share and get feedback from your extensions through the Marketplace

How to Extend

The Visual Studio team knows that it is sometimes hard to know where to start, so they’ve put together a Getting Started section for you, complete with illustrated walkthroughs. For more complex questions, there is a sea of information on MSDN.
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The Visual Studio Partner Program

Build Your Business on the Visual Studio Platform

The Visual Studio Partner Program gives you extensive technical resources, previews of upcoming technologies, and a broad marketing reach. And now, there is a free tier in the Partner program allowing anyone to join and get the level of support that partners enjoy.

Key benefits of the program

Valuable insights for your business
Deep technical knowledge and enablement
Opportunities to Reach Millions of Developers
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