Sitecore Rocks


Sitecore Rocks makes Sitecore developers happy. Directly integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio 2010/2012/2013, Sitecore Rocks provides a fast and streamlined development experience with tools that developers are used to.

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by Praneeth Raj Rachamadugu | June 18 2015

Hi Team

I am facing an issue with SiteCore Rocks plugin installation, During the last phase of download of this plugin, I get an error .. Extension could not installed due to the below error, "Exception occurred during a webclient request".

Please help regarding this. I have verified and saw the WebClient service is up and running in my services list

JakobChristensen June 18 2015
| Edit |

Hi Praneeth

You posted both here and in the Q&A section.

Have you solved your problem?

by bUrak G. _ | February 26 2015

Great tool!

by Brett S1 | December 02 2014

Low rating because this extension is not open-sourced. Please open source Sitecore Rocks so we can evolve this extension and address the many issues still outstanding (e.g. file conflict resolution).

by Divamatrix | June 10 2013

Please explain where the documentation for this actually lives at? I can not seem to get it to do anything and all I'd like is some documentation. The Sitecore rocks wiki is amazingly void of anything even remotely useful at all. Is there something I'm missing?

Among the other many, many steps, I have walked through just to get it to connect, which I could write a book on, the one thing I really wanted to do was to generate entities from my templates. Every single time I try to choose "generate class" (there are 2 of them, by the way), it throws an error. It would be really helpful if I even know what I was doing in trying to generate classes from my templates?

JakobChristensen June 10 2013
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Hi Divamatrix

Sorry to hear that.

Sitecore Rocks is currently in CTP which is why there is no documentation or official support from Sitecore.

Please post a screenshot to the exception, that you get, in the Sitecore Rocks SDN Forum, and I will see, if I can fix it.

John West has a nice blog series:

Trevor Campbell also has a nice series:

by Tony Bolton | June 04 2013

Really good - thanks!!

by Gorhal | January 18 2013

by kdeenanauth | April 05 2012

Great extension for Sitecore developers

by kodexe | September 16 2011

Didn't work on my Commodore 64.

by AndreasBergstrom | June 23 2011

by Commodore73 | June 20 2011

I wrote some blog posts introducing Sitecore Rocks. I definitely give it five stars.

by Ronani | June 16 2011

After dreamcore 2011 I am ashamed I didn't used it a lot :-) Ronald

by LarreLandin | June 13 2011

by GurliGebis | June 10 2011

Works great and makes developing for Sitecore alot easier and faster!

by GuitarRich | June 09 2011

Love the new features demo'd at DreamcoreEU

by Eldblom | May 24 2011

Exciting! Looks very promising - especially with the plug-in possibilities.

by JJRocks | May 19 2011

by pbering | January 27 2011

- 0.6.5 now with plugin repository, very nice!
- 0.7.2 is greatly enhanced, if you havn't tried it yet, now is the time!

by JigsP | December 14 2010

Awesome plugin. Thanks

by Hessner | December 07 2010

by Mr Tamas Varga | November 11 2010

Couple of years ago I wanted to do the same extension, but I think it is better that Sitecore is doing this. ;-) Thanks!

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  • Sitecore rock doesn't support dark theme
    2 Posts | Last post Mon 4:54 PM
    • I prefer to use dark theme in visual studio. 
      But Sitecore Explores seems to not support it. Font color in SC explorer dark and its very hard to read it on black background. 
      The same issue with labels in item editor.
      How fast SC Rocks team can fix it ?
    • Hi Heppy_aga
      VS2015 stores the theme setting in the cloud and not in the registry as in previous versions.
      Here is a workaround:
  • Unable to View "Create Items from Files"
    3 Posts | Last post June 24, 2015
    • HI , i am using VS 2013 and SIteCore Rocks plugin, with SiteCore 7.2 version... when i manually add a .aspx and .ascx in my Visual Studio. I am unable to the option "create items from files" inside the SiteCore.. 
      1. is this feature deprecated in the 7.2 version of sitecore ?
      if so how do i add new items to sitecore via VS 2013 ?
      2. i also tried adding New File , choose type SiteCore template and then layout,sublayout... 
      in this case how do i publish and ensure that i see the layouts in the sitecore after logging in as admin
    • Hi Praneeth
      Please post on the website.
      I assume you fixed your installation issue?
      Possible solutions:
      1) Is your Visual Studio Project connected to your Sitecore website?
      2) Is the Visual Studio Template Wizard correctly installed?
    • Hi Jakob
      Thanks .. you were right . there was a firewall issue that manipulated the installer. With the IT team i was able to download the working one. 
  • Unable to install the plugin
    5 Posts | Last post June 18, 2015
    • Hi , i tried to download the sitecore rocks plugin from the vs gallery for VS 2013. after the download i try to double click it. but get the error
      6/18/2015 9:53:58 AM - Microsoft VSIX Installer
      6/18/2015 9:53:58 AM - -------------------------------------------
      6/18/2015 9:53:58 AM - Initializing Install...
      6/18/2015 9:53:58 AM - Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InvalidExtensionPackageException: The file is not a valid VSIX package. ---> System.IO.FileFormatException: File contains corrupted data.
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipIOEndOfCentralDirectoryBlock.FindPosition(Stream archiveStream)
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipIOEndOfCentralDirectoryBlock.SeekableLoad(ZipIOBlockManager blockManager)
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipArchive..ctor(Stream archiveStream, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Boolean streaming, Boolean ownStream)
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipArchive.OpenOnStream(Stream stream, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Boolean streaming)
         at System.IO.Packaging.ZipPackage..ctor(Stream s, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Boolean streaming)
         at System.IO.Packaging.Package.Open(Stream stream, FileMode packageMode, FileAccess packageAccess, Boolean streaming)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InstallableExtensionImpl.ReadVSIXManifestFromPackage(Stream vsixStream, CultureInfo preferredCulture)
         --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InstallableExtensionImpl.ReadVSIXManifestFromPackage(Stream vsixStream, CultureInfo preferredCulture)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InstallableExtensionImpl..ctor(String path, CultureInfo preferredCulture)
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
    • Hi Praneeth
      I just tried downloading it and had no issue. Are you sure, you do not have a firewall or anti-virus that modifies the file?
      And are there any particular reason, you are not using the the Extensions Manager in Visual Studio?
    • Hello, 
      Thank you for a quick response
      I am not sure if there was any firewall that is preventing the download, However I will check with the network team here. 
      However I have also tried by downloading the VSIPX file, even that throws me an error that it is corrupted. 
      Can you help me find out ( through any error logs) that can lead me to a point that the installer is either blocked or modifed by firewall ?
      Thanks in advance
    • Hi 
      Just wanted to inform that i am able to download the VSPIX successfully, however when i try to open it, I get an error that the file has been corrupted
    • Hi Praneeth
      I can successfully download and open/install the file.
      VSIX fiels are just zip files - try renaming the .vsix to .zip and open it.
      If the file is corrupt, there is something on your network, that is modifying it.
  • Unable to Install SiteCore Rocks plugin
    1 Posts | Last post June 18, 2015
    • Hi Team
      I am facing an issue with SiteCore Rocks plugin installation, During the last phase of download of this plugin, I get an error .. Extension could not installed due to the below error, "Exception occurred during a webclient request".
      Please help regarding this. I have verified and saw the WebClient service is up and running in my services list
  • Deserialize error
    3 Posts | Last post May 28, 2015
    • Very nice tool but I got some problem with one of my project. When I try to use Sitecore rocks I have this error:
      Microsoft Visual Studio
      The formatter threw an exception while trying to deserialize the message: There was an error while trying to deserialize parameter The InnerException message was 'There was an error deserializing the object of type Sitecore.VisualStudio.NewWebService.GetItemFieldsResponseBody. Character reference not valid. Line 1, position 2359.'.  Please see InnerException for more details.
      There was an error deserializing the object of type Sitecore.VisualStudio.NewWebService.GetItemFieldsResponseBody. Character reference not valid. Line 1, position 2359.
      Character reference not valid. Line 1, position 2359.
      I check all the dll and the service2.asmx and they all there ...
    • Hi Garadolf
      Hmm... That is an odd one. A couple of questions:
      1) Are other parts of Rocks working for you?
      2) Is it possible that you have something installed that modifies the response?
      3) Are you running as Admin user or a user that member of the Developing role?
      4) What happens if you switch to the Good Old Web Service?
    • Thanks for the answer.
      Option 2 was the reason. ;o)
  • Receive 404 page not found when trying to connect to sitecore
    2 Posts | Last post May 13, 2015
    • I was able to install Sitecore rocks and I'm able to connect to our development server but when I try to connect to the production server i get a 404 page not found error. 
      I have full administrator access to the server. I have a network drive mapped as well so I do have access to the folder structure. It almost feels like a firewall block but I don't know what port or how this connects. 
      Any help would be appreciated
      Thank you.
    • Hi Shane
      Should be easy to check.
      I assume that Sitecore is otherwise working.
      1) Check that the Sitecore.Rocks.Server.dll assembly is in the /bin folder and that the Service2.asmx is located in the /sitecore/shell/WebService folder.
      2) Make a request to /sitecore/shell/WebService/Service.asmx (Good Old Webservice)
      3) Make a request to /sitecore/shell/WebService/Service2.asmx (Hard Rock Webservice)
      If any of these fails, it is probably a security issue or as you mention a firewall issue.
  • Sitecore rocks @VS2015
    2 Posts | Last post April 20, 2015
    • Not really a question, but if you want to use sitecore rocks with visual studio 2015, please follow the steps in this blog: 
    • Hi Bas
      VS 2015 CTP6 should be supported from version 1.4.0.
  • cannot connect to SiteCore through Rocks
    3 Posts | Last post April 08, 2015
    • web site not responding,it looks like the server address is a local website, if the website is running development server, the server may not has been started yet.
      Do you want to retry?
      actually, I can connect to my sitecore through "good old webservice".
      Please help,
    • Hi ahorse
      Sounds like the Hard Rock Web Service did not install correctly. Could you try requesting this Url:
      If you get an error, the Hard Rock Web Service is not working.
      To manually install it on a server, you need to do two things: 
      1) Copy Sitecore.Rocks.Server.dll (and any plugin server components (assemblies that start with Sitecore.Rocks.Server.)) to the /bin folder of the web site. 
      2) Copy Browse.aspx and Service2.asmx to /sitecore/shell/WebService. These files are located in /WebService folder under the Sitecore Rocks Visual Studio extensions folder. 
    • Thanks for your help, I think why it is not working is because I installed SiteRocks before installing sitecore on my local machine, I uninstalled SitecoreRocks and reinstalled it, everything works great now for me.
  • Changing the Views
    2 Posts | Last post March 13, 2015
    • When i create a View in my solution the generated Item in Sitecore has the standard /Views/.....cshtml path. I want to change that since i have a Project structure Solution so that the View is pointing to the Views folder of my current project. 
      Is it possible?
    • Hi alin_ms
      I am not sure I understand what you are doing. Are you using using VS Add New Item, which then creates a Sitecore item? 
      And do you want the .cshtml or the item to be placed in a different location?
  • Icons missing
    3 Posts | Last post December 19, 2014
    • So when i open the rocks extension today, I notice that the icons are missing and when i do commandy and type icon it throws an error. I tried to uninstall and reinstall sitecore rocks but it didn't work. So what I am saying is there are no icons in the explorer...for example no icon next to Home. Any suggestions?
    • Hi Shamrox
      First could you post a screenshot of the error, it throws in the SDN forum, thanks.
      Next Rocks uses the standard internet caches when rendering icons. It may help clearing the cache in Internet Explorer. 
    • hey Jakob,
      I believe it had something to do with the box. I restarted my box and everything resolved itself. Thanks for the reply.
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