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Install extension in VS Express?


I installed Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web, but I can't install the Episerver extension. When I search for extensions in VS, the Episerver extension doesn't appear. I downloaded the extention from Epi's website, but how do I install it into VS after I downloaded it?

A little help getting started would really be great. Thanks!


May 20, 2013 20:29

You should be able to just double click and run the extensions pack. You will find the extenstion templates when you create a new project in vs. Also you can download and install from or inside vs in the extension manager. Make sure you search i web and you will find it.

May 20, 2013 20:47

No, that's for Visual Studio. I need help installing the extension for Visual Studio Express for Web. The names of the two products are similar, but extensions for one will not work with the other. When I search for the Epi extension in VS Express, I can't see it. When I download the extension from Epi's website, I get a zip file with text files in it, but no install program, no executables of any kind.

I'm stuck.

May 21, 2013 14:56


Did you try this link: ?

You should get a file named EPiServerVsExtensionForExpressSKU.vsix

Edited, May 22, 2013 9:13

I downloaded that file, but it's a ZIP archive, containing these files:


No installer, no executable. I'm stuck. How do I get that into VS?

May 22, 2013 13:48

It looks like the extensions installer is not associated with VSIX files. 

Check if you have a file named VSIXInstaller.exe in the same folder where the Visual Studio Express is insatlled (normally it should be in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE). If you have it, you can use it to install VSIX files by passing a path to the extension file as a command line parameter: VSIXInstaller.exe EPiServerVsExtensionForExpressSKU.vsix

May 22, 2013 14:35

It could be that there is a problem with file associations, but I still don't have a VSIX file, I don't have a file called EPiServerVsExtensionForExpressSKU.vsix  :-(

May 22, 2013 15:02

Well, VSIX actually is a ZIP file. Could you try to change the file extension and try to install it either by double clicking on it or with VSIXinstaller.exe ?

May 22, 2013 15:20

That solved it. After I changed the extension of the zip file to vsix, the system recognized it, and I was able to double-click and install it into Visual Studio. Thanks for your help.



May 22, 2013 15:39
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