Tools for enhanced editing of MSBuild proj files in Visual Studio 2017
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Provides Intellisense and other tooling for XML based project files such as .csproj and .vbproj files.

See the change log for changes and road map.


  • Intellisense for NuGet package name and version
  • Hover tooltips for NuGet packages
  • Go To Definition (F12) for MSBuild imports
  • Go To Definition (F12) for MSBuild properties


Full Intellisense for NuGet package references is provided for both packages that are locally cached as well as packages defined in any feed - local and online.



Hover tooltips

Hovering over a package reference shows details about that package.


Go To Definition (F12) for MSBuild imports

Set the caret on any import statement and press F12, Visual Studio will automatically open the imported file.

It supports both the traditional Import Project construct

<Import Project="foo.targets" />

as well as the new SDK attribute used by .Net Core projects:

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk">

It supports evaluation of MSBuild properties and globs.

When the import statement covers multiple files (which is typically the case with the SDK attribute or when using globs), it opens the a window that displays the set of files included. In that list you can:

  • click on a file to open it in Visual Studio
  • hover the file name and the tooltip will display the full path


Go To Definition (F12) for MSBuild properties

Pressing F12 when caret is on the usage of a MSBuild property will open the location where that property is defined. If multiple definitions are found, it opens a window that lists all the definitions and their evaluated values.

For example:


Pressing F12 on $(Foo) in this case will lists both places where Foo is defined, including the evaluated values that get set (abc, def).


Selecting an item from the list, will open the corresponding location in the editor.


Check out the contribution guidelines if you want to contribute to this project.

For cloning and building this project yourself, make sure to install the Extensibility Tools 2015 extension for Visual Studio which enables some features used by this project.