Install Dotfuscator Community

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

Dotfuscator Community is an optional component of Visual Studio. These instructions explain how to install it.


In addition to the versions of Dotfuscator Community shipped with releases of Visual Studio, PreEmptive Solutions also periodically provides updated versions on its website. If you want to download the latest version directly instead of installing from Visual Studio, click here to go to the Dotfuscator Downloads page.

Within Visual Studio

You can install Dotfuscator Community from the Visual Studio IDE:

  1. In the Search Box (Ctrl+Q), type dotfuscator.

    Search Box

  2. In the search results shown, under the Components heading, select Install PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator.

    • If you instead see, under the Menus heading, PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator Community, then Dotfuscator Community is already installed. Select that option to get started.
  3. A Visual Studio Installer window will launch, pre-configured to install Dotfuscator Community.


    You may be required to provide administrator credentials to continue.

  4. In the Visual Studio Installer window, click Install.

    Click Install

Once the installation is complete, you can start using Dotfuscator Community.

During Visual Studio Installation

If you have not yet installed Visual Studio, you can obtain the installer from the Visual Studio website. When run, it will display installation options for the selected Visual Studio edition.

Install options

You can then install Dotfuscator Community as an individual component of Visual Studio:

  1. Select the Individual components tab.
  2. Under Code tools, check the PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator item.

    Individual components

  3. The Summary panel displays PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator under the Individual Components section.

    Summary pane

  4. Configure any further installation settings as appropriate for your environment.
  5. When ready to install Visual Studio, click the Install button.

Once the installation is complete, you can start using Dotfuscator Community. For details, see the Getting Started page of the full Dotfuscator Community User Guide.

See also

This topic in the full Dotfuscator Community User Guide