Use your favorite extensions with Visual Studio 2019

Mads Kristensen

Do you want to try the preview of Visual Studio 2019 but worry that your favorite extensions aren’t supported yet? A record number of extensions have already added support for Visual Studio 2019. So there is a good chance your favorite extensions are among them. In fact, more than 850 extensions are currently available, and more are being updated every day.

Never has there been as many extensions available with support for a new major version of Visual Studio as there is for Visual Studio 2019 – and it is still in preview!

If you don’t see your favorite extension listed, then send feedback to the owner by leaving a comment on their individual Marketplace or GitHub page, and let them know you want to use it with Visual Studio 2019. Check out this great guide on how to add the support they can follow which contains just a few simple steps.

Partners like DevExpress, Progress/Telerik, Whole Tomato, and many others worked hard to get their extensions ready to support Visual Studio 2019 early on. So extensions such as the very popular CodeRush, Visual Assist, CodeMaid, and Telerik ASP.NET MVC are all there for you to enjoy.

Move your extensions

If you have a lot of extensions installed in previous versions and want to move them over to Visual Studio 2019, then you can now use a handy extension to make that easier. Install Extension Manager 2017 and 2019 respectively in each version of Visual Studio to first export your extensions from 2017 and then import them in 2019.

The extensions top-level menu in VS2019 The Extension Manager 2019 extension showing up in the new Extensions top-level menu in Visual Studio 2019

Extensions get their own top-level menu in Visual Studio 2019. This gives the ecosystem more prominence and declutters the top-level menu when you have a lot of extensions installed.

Try it out

Thanks to the ecosystem of extenders and partners, we now have a very full featured set of extensions ready for Visual Studio 2019. If you haven’t already, this is a good time to install the preview of Visual Studio 2019 and try out some of the popular extensions that lets you customize the IDE and make you more productive.

Remember to tune in to the official launch event of Visual Studio 2019 on April 2nd.