Automation and Extensibility for Visual Studio

Visual Studio add-ins are deprecated in Visual Studio 2013. You should upgrade your add-ins to VSPackage extensions. For more information about upgrading, see How to: Convert an Add-in to a VSPackage.

You can extend Visual Studio by using VSPackages and Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) extensions.

To use VSPackages and the Managed Extensibility Framework, you must install the Visual Studio SDK. For information about how to download the Visual Studio SDK, see Visual Studio Extensibility Developer Center on the MSDN Web site.

For information about how to extend Visual Studio by using the Visual Studio SDK, see Developing Visual Studio Extensions on the MSDN Web site.

Extending the Visual Studio Environment

Links to topics that explain the various ways to extend and automate the IDE.

Extending Visual Basic and Visual C# Projects

Links to topics that explain how to use the Visual Basic and Visual C# project automation model.

Visual C++ Extensibility Object Model

Links to topics about the Visual C++ Code Model, Visual C++ Wizard Model, Visual C++ Project/Build model, and the Visual C++ Resource Editor model. Includes language reference for these automation object models.

Visual Web Developer Extensibility

Links to topics that explain how to use Visual Web Developer extensibility.

Automation and Extensibility Reference

Links to reference topics for the automation models.

Was this page helpful?
(1500 characters remaining)
Thank you for your feedback
Show:
© 2014 Microsoft