BizTalk 2016 Project Template missing VS 2015

Harish Sharma 121 Reputation points


I came across weird scenario. All of sudden BizTalk Project template went missing from Visual Studio 2015. I have Visual Studio 2017 as well but it was working fine since last 2-3 years.
I googled and found biztalk-project-template-missing-from-vs-2015, but when I tried to follow the steps, it threw a dependency alert for Visual Studio MPF 16.0 must be present before installation can continue.


Does anyone has any idea what is causing this template missing and unable to install MPF 16.0

Appreciate any help.


Microsoft BizTalk Server
Microsoft BizTalk Server
A family of Microsoft server products that support large-scale implementation management of enterprise application integration processes.
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  1. Dylan Zhu-MSFT 6,406 Reputation points

    Hi Harish,

    You can follow steps to add this reference into visual studio:

    1. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE\CommonExtensions\Platform\Visual Studio MPF directory
    2. Create a folder (16.0) with a file (extension.vsixmanifest), which is like: 78510-image.png
    3. Copy these codes into extension.vsixmanifest file

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Vsix Version="1.0.0" xmlns=""> <!-- VSIX Manifest for the Visual Studio Managed Package Framework (MPF) 15.0 Assemblies --> <Identifier Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.MPF.16.0"> <Name>Visual Studio MPF 16.0</Name> <Author>Microsoft</Author> <Version>16.0</Version> <Description>Microsoft Visual Studio MPF Assemblies</Description> <Locale>1033</Locale> <InstalledByMsi>true</InstalledByMsi> <SupportedProducts> <VisualStudio Version="16.0"> <Edition>Pro</Edition> <Edition>Express_All</Edition> </VisualStudio> </SupportedProducts> <SupportedFrameworkRuntimeEdition MinVersion="4.5" /> <SystemComponent>true</SystemComponent> </Identifier> <References /> <Content /> <!-- Though not specified as Content, this manifest is used to detect the presence or absence of the MPF Assemblies: - Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.15.0.dll - Microsoft.VisualStudio.Package.LanguageService.15.0.dll --> </Vsix> 4. Restart Visual Studio to install Biztalk extension

    Best Regards, Dylan

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  1. Harish Sharma 121 Reputation points

    Thank you so much Dylan. Your fix worked like a charm.

    Appreciate it.


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