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
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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 rocks with fusion log viewer turned on
    2 Posts | Last post September 22, 2015
    • Hi, I had left fusion log viewer on while using Sitecore Rocks and this caused a lot of slowness in visual studio while loading, right clicking etc. Turned off the log and things work well. The files that Sitecore rocks was trying to bind to and causing a ton of logs was:
      It has no noticeable effect with fusion logs turned off, thought I would mention just in case it is interesting.
    • Hi sdevadas
      Thanks for letting me know. There are no Sitecore.Rocks.resources.dll or .exe, so I suspect that this is WPF accessing Xaml resources in the Sitecore.Rocks.dll.
  • Favourite Items - How To
    2 Posts | Last post September 08, 2015
    • Is there an easy way to add items to the "Favourites" area (star icon) that appears at the very top of Sitecore Explorer ? There doesn;t appear to be any documentation about this feature at all.
      I can drag & drop an item from the tree here but only if the item and the favourites icon are in the same view port.. i.e. you can't add an item that is right at the bottom of the tree as you can never scroll back up to the favourites icon!
      Screen shots here also show a favourites icon on the Sitecore Explorer window toolbar.. I don;t see that and the ability to add new buttons to the toobar is disabled.
      Any info?
    • Hi DaveF_at_Leighton
      You are right, there is no other way than drag'n'drop to add to favourites. I will add that to the todo list.
      The yellow star in the toolbar was originally for Libraries (or Folders), but that has since been integrated into the Sitecore Explorer.
  • Sitecore Rocks Content Item Icons Missing
    4 Posts | Last post August 12, 2015
    • I am having issue in setting icons for content items in sitecore. All the icons are not being shown at all in the tree. Its blank. it looks so weird without the icons. I am able to set icons from the content editor in browser.
    • Hi Abyjosef
      Are you using the latest version of Rocks? 
      CMS 8.1 made some changes to security rules around media and icons.
    • Yes I installed the plugin with Nuget which showed up only one version. I am using Sitecore 8.1
      How should I enable these icons?
    • Hi Abyjosef
      Not sure I follow. Sitecore Rocks is not installed using Nuget - it is installed using the Extensions and Tools dialog in Visual Studio.
      You should be using version 1.5.0.
      Can you confirm that you are using 1.5.0?
  • Add Sitecore Item Fails
    2 Posts | Last post August 12, 2015
    • Every time I try and add a new SiteCore Layout, I receive an error stating that the file ItemTemplates\Sitecore\Layouts\\MyTemplate.vstemplate is being used by another process.  I'm using VS2015 (Enterprise).  I've tried restarting VS and rebooting the machine with no luck.
    • Hi Eli
      It is a bug in Sitecore Rocks. VS 2015 changed the way they handle file templates, and  Rocks will work around it in the next version.
      Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Sitecore Explorer freezes
    3 Posts | Last post August 06, 2015
    • I'm having an issue with Sitecore Explorer. When I expand a template folder which has 106 items and then open one of the items and click on the item in the item editor, the sitecore explorer freezes. Visual studio itself is responsive but Sitecore Explorer is frozen. It previously was working recently but I'm not sure what happened to cause this. I've checked with other developers and they are not having the same issue. I've tried uninstalling Sitecore Rocks and re-installing but the issue still exists. Any ideas?
    • Hi Wayno13
      What version of Rocks and Visual Studio are you running?
      What versions of .NET do you have installed - and could you compare those versions to yours co-workers?
      Are you working on the same Sitecore website and database as your co-workers?
      Do you have the same issue elsewhere in the content tree (Rocks should display a warning when expanded a tree node with more than 100 children)?
    • After some troubleshooting I've worked out the problem. It's VS2013 Update 5. If I open Sitecore Explorer and then dock it to the left panel. I then turn on autohide. If I then double click on an item and then click on the actualy item in the main edit panel then sitecore freezes. If I turn autohide off then it works. 
  • Visual Studio 2015 dark theme issue
    2 Posts | Last post August 06, 2015
    • There is a bug with Visual Studio 2015 dark theme. The colours are all wrong:
    • Hi Wayno13
      VS2015 stores the theme setting in the cloud and not in the registry as in previous versions.
      Here is a workaround:
  • Sitecore rock doesn't support dark theme
    2 Posts | Last post July 27, 2015
    • 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
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