Visual Assist

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Productivity tool for C/C++ and C# that improves IDE features related to navigation, refactoring, code generation, and coding assistance.

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by Michał Zochniak | January 28 2016

Big fan since 2013. Provides just enough support for C++ for a good price.

by MikeySmet | January 04 2016

Our shop is now addicted to VisualAssist. You can refactor in Eclipse but nowhere near as easily or cleanly as you can in VS with VisualAssist. Just renewed maintenance to support VS2015

by Chad Engler | December 30 2015

by Richard6185 | December 29 2015

really good partner for vs

by RFOG | December 18 2015

by Mop6229 | December 18 2015

by lordwt | December 14 2015

VA is very useful... when it works!
On large projects, it veeeery slow, taking a long time to refresh projects while blocking everything... it's still way faster than IntelliSense, but not always very useful on big solutions with many projects.

by Robert R. Khalikov | December 01 2015

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by SkylerMurray | October 26 2015

Great tool for source code indexing, finding things quickly, refactoring, and they keep making it better. Love it!

by FlorianG73 | August 25 2015

Simply Exxxcellent !
A must have for C++ development with visual studio.

by ArcontiaJesper | August 21 2015

by londey | July 16 2015

Have been using this tool for 6-8 years now and have never looked back.

by Kjetil Tonstad | June 24 2015

Very useful

by Jan Discart | June 14 2015

I can hardly imagine programming without the help of Visual Assist. It seriously improves and enhances the programming experience in Visual Studio. Once gotten used to, Visual Studio feels crippled without it.

by RobotCaleb | May 25 2015

Up until a couple of years ago I used VAX for about 4 years straight. It definitely provided a benefit to productivity and I feel naked when I don't have it.

by Krzysztof Kawa | May 17 2015

Most of the time it's invisible and the work just flows. Then you switch to an IDE without VAX and suddenly it feels broken and unfinished with tons of tiny features missing. Best extension ever!

by PeterGV | May 15 2015

I write code in C and C++ all day long. Part of the pleasure of using Visual Studio is support for add-ins. And if there's one add-in I have to have for C++/C it's Visual Assist.

What can it do? Let me give you my favorite two examples.

I happen to be obsessed with names in my code: Names of variables, names of methods, whatever. For me, probably THE single most helpful feature in Visual Assist is that with Refactor/Rename I can change method names easily.

Refactor/Document... also a major time saver.

And . to -> correction... this saves my life I C/C++.

This add-in is just plain helpful. Personally, I'd be very sad to have to live without it.

by GeorgeB6611 | May 07 2015

Visual Assist has been an essential tool for me since 1998! Can't imagine developing without it.

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  • why I can not install Visual Assist X for my visual studio 2015
    2 Posts | Last post December 08, 2015
    • I click to install Visual assist extension after finishing downloading, a window is opened says " Microsoft VSIX installer has stopped working"
      Can you help me with it's solution?
    • It sounds like you are not accessing the gallery from within Visual Studio -- try using Tools | Extensions and Updates to install Visual Assist from the online gallery inside of VS.
      Alternatively, contact Whole Tomato at
  • VS 2015 crashing
    3 Posts | Last post August 07, 2015
    • I experienced sudden VS 2015 crashing every time I tried to load project / solution. Took me some time but I realised that previous day I enabled Visual Assist...
      Yes, VA crashes VS 2015 for me (Win 10, project in C++ and DirectX)--
      Btw dont understand how can you officially distribute your stupid trialware in 2015 >.< I thought the days of Windows 95 software are gone :X
    • Sorry to hear of the trouble.  We are not able to reproduce the crash.  Please contact us via -- we would like to get a minidump of the crash to diagnose it.  Minidump capture is described at
    • I have been able to reproduce a VS2015 crash when creating a new header file in a read-only VC++ project.  The crash occurs without VA installed.  I have reported it to Microsoft via the connect site.
  • IDE Support
    2 Posts | Last post May 28, 2015
    • Would you like to support "Visual Studio Code"?
    • Visual Studio Code does not support extensibility so support of the IDE is not an option.
  • Extract method fails in C
    6 Posts | Last post February 13, 2015
    • This is a great extension but I have a problem with some simple C code. The "extract method" fails and I am keen to know if this is my error or if it can be fixed.
      Below is a very simple loop() just to test the "method extract". If I attempt to extract the code inside the for() then an error is displayed and the extracted method is not added to the source code.
      The error suggests the most common cause is a readonly source file but this is not the case. The intellisense is working corectly and providing help so it isn't a VS/Code issue.
      void loop()
      	int a = 0;
      	int b = 0;
      	int c = 0;
      	for (a=0;a<10;a++)
      		if (Serial.available()>0)
      The reason for the C code is that this is an Arduino program which is supported in Visual Studio because it is just C/C++
    • I just tried that example and it worked successfully in my environment.  What version of VS are you using?  Is loop() in a header file or a source file?  If a header file, is there are corresponding source file and is it read-write? 
    • Also, sorry for the delay in response.  More timely support is available at
    • Hi,
      Thanks for the reply. I suspect the problem is due to the file extension being .ino or .pde. I will test shortly but I think it will be okay based upon the following info...
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Whole Tomato\Visual Assist X\VANet8 Press Rebuild on the Performance tab of the Visual Assist X options dialog and restart your IDE NOTE:-Replace 8.0 with 10.0 if you use VS 2010.Replace 8.0 with 9.0 if you use VS 2008.Replace 8.0 with 7.1 if you use VS.NET 2003.Replace 8.0 with 7.0 if you use VS.NET 2002.Replace VANet8 with VANet10 for Visual Studio 2010.Replace VANet8 with VSNet9 if you use VS2008.Replace VANet8 with VSNet if you use VS.NET 2003.Replace VANet8 with VANet7.0 if you use VS.NET 2002
    • Thanks For Support :)
    • the best tool
  • Great Tool
    1 Posts | Last post January 15, 2014
    • One of the best tool
  • Visual Assist X for Education
    3 Posts | Last post June 09, 2011
    • Is your Academic License available for purchase by students ? Love your program, but us college kids are poor! 
      Thank you !
    • Of course!  Seems like it would be pretty weird if an academic license didn't apply to students.  Is that a common practice?
    • haha , good point. I thought maybe It was something for university's and schools , thanks ! 
  • Prompts for update
    1 Posts | Last post May 26, 2011
    • VSPain, we're sorry to hear of the trouble you've experienced with update notices.  You can disable our update notices on the Startup node of the VA Options dialog.  We do have logic that is supposed to notify you when an update is not applicable to your license.  It is possible that you received an update notification from the Visual Studio Extension Manager.  Unfortunately, the Extension Manager has no knowledge of your license status and you will continue to receive notifications from it unless you disable "Automatically check for updates to installed extensions" on the Extension Manager page of the Visual Studio Options dialog.  The Visual Studio Gallery does not allow extensions to opt out of update notifications.  Please encourage Microsoft to allow extensions to opt out of update notices since they only have a one-size-fits-all implementation that really only suits free extensions.  Thanks.
  • I can't Install it!!!
    6 Posts | Last post August 16, 2010
    • No toolbar,and no tips ,%>_<%,help!!!and thanks a lot!!
    • It would be best to contact support via the form at:
      The download up top is only for VS2010.  Express editions do not support tool extensions.
    • If you are running Visual Studio 2010 with administrative privileges, you will need to explicitly allow extensions to run:
      Tools | Options | Environment | Extension Manager | "Load per user extensions when running as administrator"
    • I'll try it,thank you^_^
    • But the problem is still exists!!o(︶︿︶)o~~o(>_<)o ~~/(ㄒoㄒ)/~~~~~~(>_<)~~~~ 
    • This discussion board is not a very good way to help you.  Please contact support for help debugging your environment.
  • Visual Assist X Support
    1 Posts | Last post June 03, 2010
    • Please visit our forums for support:
      You can also contact us via:
  • 64-Bit Support?
    2 Posts | Last post June 03, 2010
    • Does Visual Assist support 64-bit Windows XP?
    • Yes it does.