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Welcome to the home of the Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition.

This project extends the Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012/2013 SharePoint project system with advanced templates and tools. Using these extensions you will be able to find relevant information from your SharePoint environments without leaving Visual Studio. You will have greater productivity while developing SharePoint components and you will have greater deployment capabilities on your local SharePoint installation.

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The current 2.0 release includes the following features:
  • VS2013 version - Existing VS2012 version ported into VS2013.

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This CodePlex site serves as the place to get project news and source code. The extensions themselves are distributed through the Visual Studio Gallery. You have direct access to the Visual Studio Gallery from within the Extension Manager. For installation instructions see the Installation Guide. Never miss an update again, with direct update notification from the Visual Studio Gallery when we publish a new version.

Which version should I download?

If you are using Visual Studio 2013 then please use the following:

Download and install the CKS - Dev for Visual Studio 2013 version

If you are using Visual Studio 2012 then please use the following:

Download and install the CKS - Dev for Visual Studio 2012 version

If you are using Visual Studio 2010 then please use either of the following:

If you are using SharePoint Foundation 2010 then download and install the SharePoint Foundation 2010 version

If you are using SharePoint Server 2010 then download and install the SharePoint Server 2010 version


This project provides extensions to four core areas; Environment, Exploration, Content and Deployment. Enhancements to the Visual Studio environment include the new SharePoint References tab available on the Add Reference dialog, allowing you to easily reference any SharePoint assembly without searching the file system or GAC for it. Exploration extends the new SharePoint Explorer with advanced information about SharePoint sites such as the installed Web Parts and Master Pages or the Feature dependencies and elements. Also included in the Explorer are a variety of import functions to bring existing SharePoint items into your active solution. The Content area includes advanced templates such as Linq to SharePoint, Custom Action or Delegate Control. Project templates include the SharePoint Full Trust Proxy and the SharePoint Console Application. Our enhanced Deployment functions give you the ability to utilise quick deployment and almost a dozen other productivity enhancing deployment steps, including automated deployment (per file on change deployment) Find the complete overview of all the CKS Development Tools Edition features on the Documentation tab.

With the release of Microsoft's excellent Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools the CKSDev team have retired the Sandboxed Visual web part item template. for more information read Wouter's blog


Visual Studio 2010 contains a new SharePoint development project model that allows you to easily package SharePoint components without the need for external tools such as MakeCab. Built around the core concept of extensibility the SharePoint project model allows you to extend every aspect of the out of the box experience. The CKS Development Tools Edition fully embraces the extensibility model to enable you in ways not available out of the box, with tools and templates that enhance the development experience to make you a more productive SharePoint developer. Note that this project extends that which is available out of the box and does not replace any of the built-in functionality. It is not yet another SharePoint Development Paradigm but a set of productivity tools to enable developers. There are no components that need to be installed into production environments.


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If you have a great idea for a deployment tool, template or any other thing that you believe increases developer productivity, contribute! Contact the Project team or add your idea to the issue tracker. Use the #CKSDev tag to follow and connect with the team.

See the Contributor Hall of Fame for details about community contributions already included in CKSDev.

CKSDev presentations

The event presentations and code samples used during CKSDev presentation events are found on the CKSDev at Events page.

There are also a series of introductory screen casts demonstrate the power of CKS:Dev found on the CKSDev Screen casts page.

Project history

CKS:DEV has been formed as a merger of the SharePoint Dev Tools, SPVSX and Imtech Visual Studio Extensions projects.

About the Community Kit for SharePoint

The Community Kit for SharePoint is a set of editions, components, tools and recommended documentation for SharePoint development. You are currently viewing the edition project site for the Development Tools Edition. To learn about the other editions and components you can go to
For the latest version of the CKS charter document, click here.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the Community Kit for SharePoint is not officially maintained or supported by Microsoft. Support for this edition is provided only via the discussion forum associated with this edition.

Last edited May 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM by WesHackett, version 66