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 Sandeep Pote | February 29 2016

by Sergii P | November 03 2015

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

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  • Choosing a icon no longer works
    5 Posts | Last post August 04, 2016
    • When I open the screen where normally all the possible icons are shown I no longer see any icons in any tab. Any ideas?
    • Using Rocks
      SiteCore version latest 8.1 
    • Hi Danny
      Sorry about this.
      Sitecore Rocks retrieves the icons from
      Unfortunately is not working at the moment.
      We are working on it.
    • Hi Danny
      Should be working now - thanks for reporting.
    • Yes its working again. Thx!
  • Error previewing items
    3 Posts | Last post July 05, 2016
      Whenever I try to preview an item by right-clicking and choosing "Tools -> Browse -> Preview" I get the following exception in th browser window: 
      CS0246: The type or namespace name `__ReSharperSynthetic' could not be found. Are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference? . 
      I am using version and visual studio 2015 
      How can i get it work! thanks!  
    • Hi Batistuta 
      As a work-around, you can manually remove it from the [YourSite]/sitecore/shell/WebService/Browse.aspx page.
      It is fixed in the next version.
    • It worked  after I removed it.
      Thanks for your reply, Jakob.
    1 Posts | Last post May 12, 2016
    • Hi all
      Please report any bugs and wishes in the GitHub repository
  • Error when opening Data Subfolders
    2 Posts | Last post May 12, 2016
    • When I try to open any Data subfolder (Debug for instance) I get an error "Could not find a part of the path c:\...\Data\ebug". The letter D is lost. 
      Same for any other subfolder
    • Hi Pavlo_id
      That is odd - are you sure you don't have a weird path in your web.config somewhere - I can't reproduce it.
  • Sitecore Rocks Over HTTPS
    2 Posts | Last post May 12, 2016
    • Our sitecore instance is configured to use HTTPS even in local work stations. Is there a way to originate the request from Sitecore rocks to be SSL or https? I could use the Good Old Web Service but I am not sure what features will I be missing if I use the Good Old Web Service over Hard Rock Web Service.
    • Hi Vamshik1
      I think you can just prefix the host name in the connection with "https://"
  • Item was not found error
    6 Posts | Last post March 02, 2016
    • I get "The item was not found. It may have been deleted" error on some nodes in Sitecore explorer, though the children exist and are accessible in the Content Editor without any issues. I am using the latest version.
    • Hi Demisx
      I need more information than that. 
      - what user are you running as?
      - which version of Sitecore are you running?
      - are you running in a local env?
      - is it specific items in a path?
      - is it items with a specific template?
      - are you using the Good Old Web Service or the Hard Rock Web Service?
    • Hi Jakob, I am having the same issue. I'm using the latest version Here's the info you asked for:
      - what user are you running as? admin
      - which version of Sitecore are you running? Sitecore 7.2 Rev 140288
      - are you running in a local env? I get the error locally and on our QA server. I tried installing a fresh OOB instance of Sitecore (no customizations) and changing my connection strings to point to my databases, but that didn't resolve the issue.
      - is it specific items in a path? yes, it happens on specific items
      - is it items with a specific template? no
      - are you using the Good Old Web Service or the Hard Rock Web Service? Hard Rock Web Service
    • Hi Saif
      - are you using proxy items or clones?
      - what is the path of the items (are they long)?
      - anything special about the template (does it and it's base templates exist)?
    • Hi Jakob,
      I tried to look go to Navigate > Template Hierarchy (in rocks) to see i got the following Error: "Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. Value cannot be null. Parameter name: innerField."
      I'm assuming one of the fields has a raw value that is of the wrong format. I wasn't sure which field caused that issue, so I resolved it by doing the following recreating the template of the Item causing the issue and changing its template to the newly created problem-free Template.
      Perhaps Sitecore Rocks can give a more user-friendly error message. I held on to the original template that was causing the issue. I can share a package with you if that helps.
      Thanks for your help!
    • Hi Saif
      This is a bug in Rocks, which I have now fixed.
      It is caused by having a template with no value in the "__Base template" field.
      Thanks for reporting
  • Error previewing items
    4 Posts | Last post February 25, 2016
    • Whenever I try to preview an item by right-clicking and choosing "Tools -> Browse -> Preview" I get the following exception in th browser window:
      A relative URI cannot be created because the 'uriString' parameter represents an absolute URI.
      Stack Trace: 
      [UriFormatException: A relative URI cannot be created because the 'uriString' parameter represents an absolute URI.]
         System.Uri.CreateThis(String uri, Boolean dontEscape, UriKind uriKind) +8458573
         Sitecore.Pipelines.LoggingIn.CheckStartUrl.GetLocalPath(String itemPath) +45
         Sitecore.Pipelines.LoggingIn.CheckStartUrl.ValidateStartUrl(LoggingInArgs args) +81
         Sitecore.Pipelines.LoggingIn.CheckStartUrl.Process(LoggingInArgs args) +72
      The URL in the address bar of the browser is
      I am using version
    • Hi Lasse9231
      What is the host name of your connection?
      If it starts with "http://", could you try removing it?
    • I have the same issue, and my hostname does not start with http://. Any idea what could be the problem?
    • Hi Frederik
      Which version of Sitecore, are you running? Wondering if the pipeline has been changed.
  • Connect as virtual user
    3 Posts | Last post January 19, 2016
    • The current environment (Sitecore 7.1) I'm working with is using virtual users. I seem to be unable to connect to this environment using Sitecore Rocks (, VS2015, "Good Old Webservice"): "the user name or password may be invalid".
      Returned XML: 
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><soap:Envelope xmlns:soap="" xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd=""><soap:Body><GetDatabasesResponse xmlns=""><GetDatabasesResult><sitecore xmlns="" /></GetDatabasesResult></GetDatabasesResponse></soap:Body></soap:Envelope>
    • Hi Mrtn_nl
      Sitecore Rocks does not support logging in as a virtual user. 
      Could you try to log in as a "real" user?
    • That works, it just requires all developers to have a real user account.
      So be it.
      Thanks for your reply, Jakob.
  • Sitecore Rocks Content Item Icons Missing
    8 Posts | Last post December 02, 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?
    • Sorry jacob for the delayed response. I am using the version
      I was on 1.5.0 when I actually posted the query .. but later at some point I dont know but it got fixed. 
      Now this happened again when I tried login to Visual Studio 2013 with a different MS credential. When I did this all the VS2013 setting were gone together with the Sitecore Rocks extension. When I reinstalled Sitecore Rocks again I ran into this issue again!!!
      What could be the reason.
    • Hi AbyJosef
      Try clearing the Internet Explorer/Edge cache - Rocks uses the same cache.
    • Thanks Jacob. Clearing the IE cache worked. But is there any reason for the extension to keep the cache in IE? Just curious about it. :)
    • Well, Rocks uses the cache indirectly. Rocks just uses the standard .NET APIs for retrieving the icons, and apparently these uses the IE cache.
      If I disable caching, the icons will take a long time to load.
  • Sitecore 8 layout renderings
    3 Posts | Last post November 16, 2015
    • Hi Jakob
      I'm using with Sitecore 8. It seems that the "Design Layout" functionality does not support the new __Final Renderings field.
      When I make changes using the Experience Editor, I do not see them in the Design Layout in Rocks.
      Do you have plans to update this functionality?
      Thank you.
    • Hi Darren
      It is already there - have a look here:
    • Fantastic Jakob. Thank you for the link to the doco.
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