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1.0 Alpha

Rating:        Based on 25 ratings
Reviewed:  22 reviews
Downloads: 30400
Change Set: b2d64f5a2c1d
Released: Nov 20, 2013
Updated: Nov 21, 2013 by RickWinter
Dev status: Alpha Help Icon


Application NTVS 1.0 Alpha VS 2013.msi
application, 1788K, uploaded Nov 20, 2013 - 18557 downloads
Application NTVS 1.0 Alpha VS 2012.msi
application, 1788K, uploaded Nov 20, 2013 - 11843 downloads

Release Notes

NTVS 1.0 Alpha release notes Nov 20 2013

Node.js Tools for Visual Studio is a plug-in (Apache 2.0) that turns VS into a node.js development environment.

NTVS supports the following:

  • node projects
  • Intellisense
  • Debugging (local & remote with support for Linux and MacOS)
  • Profiling
  • node REPL with multi-line editing
  • Integrated npm GUI
  • Azure Web Sites
  • Azure Cloud Service
  • Git publishing

Known Alpha limitations:

  • Intellisense fails on large projects (JS lang service timeout issue)
  • REPL: no intellisense

For a more detailed list, please see the Issues tab.


NTVS was developed by the same team that brought you PTVS and a few friends - namely Bart Read from red-gate (npm GUI), and Dmitry Tretyakov from Clickberry for several debugger fixes & features. We'd like to thank everyone who helped test the pre-Alpha version as well.

Reviews for this release

So far so good. Better than Visual Node. More project templates. Same good debugging experience. Better solution management - projects, files and modules. Places need to be improved. No syntax highlighting for ejs/jade, which is expected tho. No code formatting. Have to use Resharper to reformat the js code. REPL get stuck from time to time on VS 2012. Haven't tested on VS 2013 yet. Good job!!!!
by misaxi on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Nice tool but I couldn't run my existing application because of I used environment variables in my code. Hope this issue will be fixed soon.
by scout1202 on Nov 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Very nice, I plugged my existing node.js/typescript project right in, beautiful integration, no need to go to node-inspector anymore.
by hansrwindhoff on Nov 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM
Great job, especially with remote Linux debugging. Are there plans to support the Meteor framework?
by NuriKevenoglu on Nov 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM
We don't have any specific plans for it yet, but I've created a feature request in the tracker - feel free to upvote: We do keep an eye on the votes when prioritizing future development.
Reply by pminaev (N/A) on Nov 24, 2013 at 7:02 AM
Looks like a great idea.
by Untit1ed on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM
I want the beta!
by dzmuh on Jan 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Really cool, works well in VS 2012. Some sort of auto-launch like .Net Demon would be cool instead of clicking ctrl+f5 when I modified my code.
by guiomie on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:12 PM
It should be a better plugin but it takes almost everything I love about coding JS in Visual Studio away. The powerful intellisense is nowhere, and the auto formatting is creepy. It would be better if there could be a intellisense.js file based on the original JS editor...
by vilic on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Have tried but got the error Object Reference not set to instance of an object when try to open the project. "VS 2012"
by ahmettek1 on Nov 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Really cool tool
by Maer on Nov 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM
Pretty sweet.. great collaboration so far to make this quite usable for the community of real-world dev's.
by egolpe on Nov 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Typescript and intellisense are a must. Thanks!
by DotNetWise on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM
TypeScript is definitely coming!
Reply by pminaev (N/A) on Nov 24, 2013 at 7:03 AM
I can't download this file. please reupload other server. thanks.
by longcuxit on May 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM
The missing tooling for NodeJs in Visual Studio. Debugging is an awesome experience! Grunt integration for tasks, Great!
by Dragosh on Apr 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM
I was cautious of believing the hype. Wow! :)
by raizor on Mar 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM
code snippet tab-tab doesn't seem to work
by baonhan on Mar 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM
Love the tools, can't wait for intellisense in nodejs interactive window
by Ninjacode on Feb 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Everything is working fine, at least in VS 2012. Haven't tried yet in VS2013.
by kubal5003 on Feb 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM
very good so far for being an Alpha. What kind of release cycle is expected? When is it plan to have a newer version? Cheers, Alex
by olver4u on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Actually quite good for an Alpha version. Debugging and Intellisense just work. Hopefully the new ES6 language features (like generators/yield) is going to be supported in the Beta. Can't wait!
by dolsthoo on Jan 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Overall it's a good tool for building Node.js applications. It would be nice if it had better support for some of the more well used packages, such as Jade syntax highlighting for the Express module. Especially since it's one of the default templates when starting a new project. I spend more time debugging the Jade files than writing the application. Great start though, can't wait to see where this goes!
by dterry458 on Jan 16, 2014 at 2:05 PM
So far pretty good Running on VS2012 Ultimate. Had to write a separate wrapper for my app because I'm working with cluster and my nodes start in another process under a different debug port. However, that was worth it and only took a min. I wish I could set the default port, but I can't say that is enough to drop any stars. For an Alpha release. This can't be beat. Problems with node-inspector don't exist here: I have full character length on reading text of vars and properties. Also, had problem with node-inspector not breaking when it should. I also have this running with team foundation server and I had no problems creating the project and binding to existing TFS workspace.
by kevinbarnett5506 on Dec 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM