<div>Contributed By: <a href="http://carloscds.net/" target="_blank">Carlos dos Santos</a></div> <div>Published on: 2015-12-21</div> <hr/> <div class="font-italic">That article was published more than three years ago. Some content such as older Visual Studio version, "incoming" features, etc. might be outdated. However, the article may still be pertinent to read.</div>
Entity Framework Entity Framework Power Tools in Visual Studio 2015
If you use EF Code First a lot like me and are already in Visual Studio 2015, you must have missed EF Power Tools. Unfortunately, it has not yet been ported to this version of Visual Studio.
But calm down, there is a way to install the current version in VS 2015. To do this, first, download the Visual Studio Galery component. See in the image below that it does not support VS 2015:
Now comes the trick ...
I don't know if you know, but the VSIX file is actually a ZIP file, so let's rename the downloaded file to
.ZIP and then we'll export the content in the same directory, looking like this:
Now we are going to open the file
extension.vsixmanifest, because that is where the supported versions of Visual Studio are located. With the file open we will add the lines, just below the version 12.0 block:
<VisualStudio Version = "14.0"> <Edition> Pro </Edition> </VisualStudio>
Change the file and save it, it will look like this:
Now we need to compress everything again. Let's do this and naming it
EFPowerToolsVS2015.zip. Don't forget to delete the original file first (which we renamed to
.ZIP). We will now have the following list of files:
To finish, rename the
.ZIP file to
.VSIX and click to install!
There, now you have the Entity Framework Power Tools working on your Visual Studio 2015!
If you don't want to perform the steps above, click here and download the VSIX file ready!