Project Types

Applies to: yesVisual Studio noVisual Studio for Mac noVisual Studio Code

Visual Studio includes several project types for languages such as Visual C# and Visual Basic. Visual Studio also lets you create your own project types.

In This Section

Presents the important information that you must have to start working with project types.

Discusses the design of project types.

Details the steps that you must follow to add a button to the Visual Studio Solution Explorer toolbar.

Discusses how you can add templates to your project types so that users can create new projects and project items according to a pattern.

Provides information about how to manage the items your project type supports.

Discusses how your project types can support configuration options like Debug and Release that control how projects are built, debugged, and so forth.

Provides information about how to add support for source-control systems to your project types.

Explains how your project types can support nesting, so that projects can be grouped together in Solution Explorer.

Describes how your project type can participate in the Upgrade Wizard to upgrade project files from an earlier version of Visual Studio.

Provides detailed technical information about project types.

Provides an overview of how the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) displays a project as a hierarchy.

Provides links to project subtype topics. Project subtypes enable extension of most kinds of project types, including your own.

Describes how to extend the Visual Studio project system.