Where Are My Favorite Extensions in Visual Studio 2022?
MVisual Studio 2022’s official GA release is finally here, but many of you have probably asked the following question: “Where are my favorite extensions in VS 2022?” Many authors have already migrated their VS 2022 extensions, but not all published ones are available on the VS Marketplace, and some Marketplace extensions have new names. If you want to continue using your favorite extensions in VS 2022 but aren’t sure where they are, here’s a list of popular ones and where you can find them, via the Marketplace, outside the Marketplace, or as an integrated VS feature!
Finding VS 2022 Extensions in the Extension Manager & VS Marketplace
Don’t want to worry about downloading an unsupported extension? In the Visual Studio IDE, you can use the Extension Manager (Extensions > Manage Extensions) to browse and install extensions, which automatically filters version-supported extensions.
Currently, most VS 2022 extensions are published in a separate Marketplace entry under slightly different names from their VS 2019 and lower counterparts. So, if you can’t find a specific extension in the Marketplace, try appending “2022” and see what you can find. Otherwise, you might find your favorite extensions outside the Marketplace.
Popular Extensions Outside the Marketplace
Many of you have asked about the status of your favorite extensions in VS 2022. The good news is that a lot of them are migrated but are published outside the Marketplace. Whether you’re looking for your mainstays or want to explore new ones, here’s a list of popular extensions and their download locations.
- GhostDoc (Currently in beta) – An extension that lets you generate XML comments and up-to-date documentation from your source code using customizable templates.
- IncrediBuild (version 9.6.0) – An extension that speeds up development from compilations to testing and release automation by turning every host into a super computer with hundreds, even thousands of cores. You can also install this extension in the VS Installer by selecting a C++ workload.
- NDepend – A static analyzer extension that makes it easy to manage code quality on a large and complex .NET code base.
- PostSharp – A pattern-aware extension that helps you write shorter, cleaner code by providing ready-made implementations of the most common .NET/VB design patterns and a framework to automate your own patterns.
- ReSharper – A productivity tool that provides code navigation and refactoring enhancements, helps you find and fix errors, and gives you suggestions for writing quality code.
- Visual Assist – A productivity tool that improves IDE features related to code navigation, refactoring, code generation, and coding assistance along with specific tooling for the Unreal Engine.
From Extensions to Integrated VS Features!
Bad news: some of your favorite VS 2019 extensions won’t be migrated to VS 2022. Good news: that’s because some of your favorite VS 2019 extensions are now officially integrated in VS 2022! Here are some extensions that made the leap:
- Dotfuscator – Dotfuscator is a .NET Obfuscator and in-app protection extension that improves compliance and prevents attacks against your applications. Dotfuscator Community is included in VS 2022 as an optional component that you can install, and the Professional edition is available on PreEmptive Protection’s website.
- GitHub Extension for Visual Studio – Want to create and manage your GitHub repos in VS 2022? This extension has been deprecated because all its functionality is available in Visual Studio by default!
- .NET Compiler Platform SDK – The .NET Compiler Platform SDK lets you build analyzers and code fixes that help you find and correct coding mistakes. This can now be installed as an optional component in VS 2022.
Still missing extensions? Share your feedback!
Visual Studio 2022 is still very new, so a lot of existing extensions are transitioning via newly-added VS 2022 support and new publishing locations. The Marketplace and pre-filtered Extension Manager still host most published VS 2022 extensions. Others are currently exclusive to their respective websites or are now fully incorporated into the IDE itself. Is your favorite extension still not available in VS 2022? Let us know which one(s) are important to you in the comments and file a suggestion ticket in the Developer Community!