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VSTemplate Element (Visual Studio Templates)
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VSTemplate Element (Visual Studio Templates)

Contains all the metadata about the project template, item template, or starter kit.

<VSTemplate Type="TemplateType" Version="x.x.x">
    <TemplateData>    </TemplateData>
    <TemplateContent>    </TemplateContent>
    ...
</VSTemplate>

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.

Attributes

Attribute

Description

Type

Identifies the template as a project template or an item template. This attribute can have a value of Project or Item.

Version

Specifies a version number for the template. Templates in Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012 have a Version attribute value of 3.0.0.

Child Elements

Element

Description

TemplateData

Required element.

Specifies data that categorizes the template, and defines how it displays in the New Project or Add New Item dialog box.

TemplateContent

Required element.

Specifies the contents of the template.

WizardExtension

Optional element.

WizardData

Optional element.

Parent Elements

None.

The VSTemplate element is the root element of .vstemplate files.

The following example shows the metadata for a project template for a Visual C# application.

<VSTemplate Type="Project" Version="3.0.0"
    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/vstemplate/2005">
    <TemplateData>
        <Name>My template</Name>
        <Description>A basic starter kit</Description>
        <Icon>TemplateIcon.ico</Icon>
        <ProjectType>CSharp</ProjectType>
    </TemplateData>
    <TemplateContent>
        <Project File="MyStarterKit.csproj">
            <ProjectItem>Form1.cs</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Form1.Designer.cs</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Program.cs</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Properties\AssemblyInfo.cs</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Properties\Resources.resx</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Properties\Resources.Designer.cs</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Properties\Settings.settings</ProjectItem>
            <ProjectItem>Properties\Settings.Designer.cs</ProjectItem>
        </Project>
    </TemplateContent>
</VSTemplate>
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