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GitHub Extension for Visual Studio


The GitHub Extension for Visual Studio provides GitHub integration in Visual Studio 2015 and newer. Most of the extension UI lives in the Team Explorer pane, which is available from the View menu.

Official builds of this extension are available at the Visual Studio Marketplace.


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Visit the documentation for details on how to use the features in the GitHub Extension for Visual Studio.

Build requirements

  • Visual Studio 2019
    • .NET desktop development workload
    • .NET Core cross platform development workload
    • Visual Studio extension development workload

The built VSIX will work with Visual Studio 2015 or newer


Clone the repository and its submodules.

To be able to use the GitHub API, you'll need to:

  • Register a new developer application in your profile
  • Create an environment variable GitHubVS_ClientID with your Client ID
  • Create an environment variable GitHubVS_ClientSecret with your Client Secret

Execute build.cmd

Visual Studio Build

Build GitHubVS.sln using Visual Studio 2019.


Logs can be viewed at the following location:



If you have issues building with failures similar to:

"The type or namespace name does not exist..."


"Unable to find project... Check that the project reference is valid and that the project file exists."*

Close Visual Studio and run the following command to update submodules and clean your environment.


More information

  • Andreia Gaita's presentation at Codemania 2016 about this extension.


Visit the Contributor Guidelines for details on how to contribute as well as the Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct for details on how to participate.


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Licensed under the MIT License