Reintroducing the Team Explorer standalone installer

Erin Dormier

If you remember back to 2013 (and before), we released standalone installers for Team Explorer. In VS 2015, we did not release a standalone Team Explorer since customers had free options with Express SKUs and Community, which included Team Explorer functionality.

Customers have continued to request a standalone installer for Team Explorer for non-developers, however. And so today, with the Visual Studio 2017 Update release, the standalone Team Explorer installer is back. This is a free download for non-developers who connect to Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services. Users of Team Foundation Server will typically need a client access license (CAL), see the licensing white paper for details.  Also, see Visual Studio Team Services pricing.

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  • Joshua Lehmann 0

    Hello, is there also a Standalone Team Explorer version for Visual Studio 2019 release?

  • Fredrik Bernström 0

    @Erin – I have the same question as the previous poster. Is there, or will there be, a standalone version for the VS 2019 release?

  • Surendra Kamath 0


    We have installed VS Pro 2013 and VS Premium 2013 editions in our machines. We did a full installation package and it came along with Team Explorer. However, we are not using Team explorer to connect TFS server or any other purpose. We would like to know if it gets installed along VS Pro 2013 or VS Premium 2013, will be treated as free or we need to buy CAL licenses.

    Best, SK

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