VSTS profiler: Installing only the command line tool

Buck Hodges

I’m posting this mostly to remind myself of where it is.  This came across on the internal VSTS discussion alias today.

Visual Studio Profiler has a standalone installation: look for vs_profiler.exe in the Visual Studio installation CD/DVD. Installing that package allows users to collect, analyze and report performance data from command line. The package does not include any GUI. It is light-weight installation, suitable for production or testing environments.

See the following article for more details on how to profile applications from command line:


If you are just getting started with profiling in VSTS, you may want to check out Jeff Atwood’s quick walkthrough of profiling from the GUI: Simple Profiling with Team Developer.

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