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 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!

by Edgesmash | November 01 2010

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  • 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.
  • How are user credentials persisted in the Connection manager?
    2 Posts | Last post October 21, 2014
    • I'm trying to get our company to use Rocks more.  But, our security team wants to know how credentials are persisted.  If they are stored in a text file somewhere, they'll not be excited about that.  But, they still might allow it for local development use.  Any details you can provide would be appreciated.  Thanks.
    • Hi ENordberg
      Connections are indeed stored in text files in c:\users\[you]\AppData\Local\Sitecore\Sitecore\Rocks\Connections\
      The passwords are stored encrypted, so at least it is not in plain text.
      It is highly recommended that Sitecore Rocks is only used for development and not in production as it has not passed a security audit. 
      Whenever Rocks makes a request to the server, the user name and password are included in plain text - this is due to legacy code as Rocks uses the old web service in Sitecore. If this is an issue, please be sure to use the Https protocol in the connection.
  • Is there any way to change Sub layout template structure?
    2 Posts | Last post August 26, 2014
    • When I create new item -> sub layout it will create web user control, I need change the template structure of code behind file (using statement should come outside of namespace) when it creating. how can i do it.  
    • Hi Pasan
      You have to create a new Visual Studio Item Template. Have a look here:
      You can also have a look at the Item Templates that Sitecore Rocks provide. Look in the Visual Studio Item Templates folder.
  • No longer works after crash
    6 Posts | Last post July 31, 2014
    • I installed the latest version as of this post, for both VS 2010 and 2012. In VS 2012, I created two Sitecore projects, one each, within a single solution. I then used the Sitecore menu and selected Sitecore Explorer. The window came up, but after I tried to dock it, VS crashed, and I then received this error when I opened VS each time after the crash:
      The 'Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0' package did not load correctly.
      The Sitecore menu still shows up in the main toolbar, but choosing any of the options from it yields no result whatsoever, no matter how many times I try to reinstall it. Any ideas on what I can do to get this working again?
    • Hi Jason
      That sounds odd. I have had one report of this 3 months ago, so it is a real issue, although not very common.
      Sounds to me like WPF acting up. 
      1. Can you use Sitecore Rocks Windows (the one that does not use Visual Studio)? You can get it from
      2. Do you have Actipro WPF components installed?
      3. The other report mentioned, that it could be a clash between VS plugins. Do you have any other plugins installed?
      4. Do none of the menu items work? I assume that you do not dock the Sitecore Explorer before trying them. If so, the Visual Studio package is not loaded.
      5. I also assume that you are running VS Professional, Premium or Ultimate.
    • Hi Jakob:
      I am using VS2013 Ultimate and I am getting exactly same problem as Jason.
      I uninstalled VS2013 and reinstalled no luck, then tried with VS2012 and VS2010 every time I get the same error and behavior.
      Error I get is as follows when I tired to launch any menu item in "SiteCore" from VS menu bar
      The 'Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0' package did not load correctly.
      The activityLog.xml shows the following :
          <time>2014/07/28 20:43:23.528</time>
          <description>Begin package load [Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0]</description>
          <time>2014/07/28 20:43:26.254</time>
          <description>SetSite failed for package [Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0]</description>
          <errorinfo>Could not find a part of the path 'C:\SoftwareTools\SiteCore7.x\\Sitecore.Rocks.OneClickDebugger'.</errorinfo>
          <time>2014/07/28 20:43:26.254</time>
          <description>End package load [Sitecore.VisualStudio.SitecorePackage, Sitecore.Rocks.VisualStudio, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1cc94664b6ed6bb0]</description>
      Please let me know if you have any solution for this.
    • Hi Binod
      I am wondering about this path in the ActivityLog.xml: "c:/SoftwareTools/SiteCore7.x/...". This is not something that we use in Sitecore Rocks.
      So I am thinking that this is caused by a Sitecore Rocks plugin or something on your machine.
      Could you try to remove any Sitecore Rocks plugins, that you may have installed?
    • Hi Jakob:
      I removed all the site core rocks related plugins , and the OneClick Debug related path it was referring to initially .
      reinstalled VS2013 but still No Luck! still same strange behavior.
      Sitecore Windows version works.
      Please advise.
    • Hi Binod
      If you removed the OneClick path, do you still get the same error in the ActivityLog.xml? Or does it show a new error?
  • Rocks stop working.
    3 Posts | Last post July 29, 2014
    • Hi Jakob,
               before explaining my problem, i want to say, great tool, really usefull.
      Im working on a project, and one of the developers in my team is facing an extrange behavior. Without a reazon, Sitecore Rocks stop working. When we try to add an mvc sitecore rendering, nothing happends, when trying to hit "New connection", nothing happends, no errors in visual studio, or in the logs. The only strange thing that we find out, is that, in the exact same moment we click new connetion or something related to Rocks, this error appears in the even viewer: The Adobe Flash Player Update Service service entered the running state. I know, it looks like that has nothing to do, but is the only strange thing i found. If you have some informacion like, if is not supporting the last VS2013 update or something like that, could be really usefull. 
      Thanks in advance.
    • Hi Emiliano
      Hmm... That is odd. Could you try to attach the ActivityLog.xml - possibly there is an assembly, that is not being loaded correctly.
    • Thanks Jakob, after looking to the activityLog, we find out that some files were missing. Thanks for the quick response.
  • Sitecore Rocks for Windows not starting at all
    2 Posts | Last post June 13, 2014
    • Just upgraded to latest version of sitecore rocks for windows ( and it won't start (message: "Application cannot be started. Contact the application vendor"), here's the log:
      	Windows 			: 6.1.7601.65536 (Win32NT)
      	Common Language Runtime 	: 4.0.30319.18444
      	System.Deployment.dll 		: 4.0.30319.18408 built by: FX451RTMGREL
      	clr.dll 			: 4.0.30319.18444 built by: FX451RTMGDR
      	dfdll.dll 			: 4.0.30319.18408 built by: FX451RTMGREL
      	dfshim.dll 			: 4.0.41209.0 (Main.041209-0000)
      	Deployment url			: file:///xxx
      	Deployment Provider url		:
      						Server		: Microsoft-IIS/8.5
      						X-Powered-By	: ASP.NET
      	Application url			:
      						Server		: Microsoft-IIS/8.5
      						X-Powered-By	: ASP.NET
      	Deployment Identity		: Sitecore.Rocks.Windows.application, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0000000000000000, processorArchitecture=x86
      	Application Identity		: Sitecore.Rocks.Windows.exe, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=0000000000000000, processorArchitecture=x86, type=win32
      	* Installable application.
      	Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log.
      	* Activation of C:xxx resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected:
      		+ Value does not fall within the expected range.
      	No transaction error was detected.
      	* The manifest for this application does not have a signature. Signature validation will be ignored.
      	* The manifest for this application does not have a signature. Signature validation will be ignored.
      	* The manifest for this application does not have a signature. Signature validation 
    • Hi coalvilledave
      Unfortunately the error is not sufficiently details, that I can figure what is happening. It looks similar to this issue on StackOverflow:
      The only thing I can suggest is to try to uninstall completely and install again.
      Sorry about this.
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