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Welcome to the VS Command Shell Homepage!

VSCmdShell provides users with a shell window inside the Visual Studio IDE that can be used for Visual Studio commands as well. Current version allows user to use either Windows Command Shell (cmd.exe) or Windows PowerShell.

NOTE: The VS Cmd Shell is an Add-In tool. Therefore, it will not work with Express editions of Visual Studio 2005. It does work with Standard or higher editions of VS 2005.

10/08/2007: VSCmdShell 1.2 release is updated to work with Windows Powershell RTM version.
11/27/2007: VSCmdShell 1.2 release is updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 as well.

Check out all of the VSCmdShell Features for the 1.2 release.

Note: We have limited availability of developer time. If someone is interested in debugging and fixing one or more of the bugs reported under Issue Tracker, it would shorten the time between releases.

Quick Start to using VS Command Shell
  1. Download VSCmdShell 1.2 release
  2. Run VSCmdShell.msi to install
  3. Launch Visual Studio 2005
  4. Go to View - Shell Window (VSCmdShell) to open the VS Command Shell tool window
    1. Go to Tools - Options - Power Toys - VSCmdShell for customization options


Getting Started with VSCmdShell Development
  1. Install the following development tools
    1. FXCop 1.35 RC 1
    2. NUnit 2.2.7
    3. WiX 2.0.3719
    4. Windows PowerShell RC1
  1. Download the latest source code
  2. Steps for Building VSCmdShell
  3. Steps for Running Verification Scripts

Contributing to VSCmdShell

We're looking for developers to join us in the 1.3 release. Check out the current work items at 1.2 Production.

Feel free to contribute by
  1. Either creating new or finding existing bugs or feature requests you want to work on
  2. Leave a note in the comments that you're going to investigate this bug (until you have developer rights, you won't be able to assign bugs to yourself)
  3. Download the latest sources and create a bug fix
  4. Zip up your changes and post them as an attachment to the work item
  5. Fill out the Project Assignment Agreement.TIF form and follow the VSCmdShell Assignment Agreement Instructions to send it to us.

Note that by posting your submission to the Issue Tracker, you agree to do so under the CodePlex TOU

Join the Community

There are numerous ways you can participate in the VSCmdShell community

Last edited Nov 28, 2007 at 11:07 PM by bertanaygun, version 19