Empty ASP.NET Web API Project Template


This is a much emptier project template for ASP.NET Web API.

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by DanielTsviatkov | June 30 2014

To add VS 2013 support, download the file somewhere and rename to .zip
Then open it with some archiver and edit extension.vsixmanifest .
Change <VisualStudio Version="11.0"> to <VisualStudio Version="12.0"> under <SupportedProducts>. Rename back to .vsix and you are ready to go.

by Boogster | March 18 2014

by 10031103 | October 04 2013

if you have issue under Visual Studio 2010, please see solution in this link:


replaced "AspNetMvc4VS11" with "AspNetMvc4VS2010" in EmptyWebApiProjectTemplate.vstemplate file and rebuilded extension

Nikos Baxevanis October 05 2013
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Thanks for reporting this. FWIW, I just pushed a separate version for Visual Studio 2010 on GitHub at https://github.com/moodmosaic/EmptyWebApiProjectTemplate

(The 2010 version now contains the AspNetMvc4VS2010 key, as you suggested) :)

by thflork | September 04 2013

Used this in combination with the nice tutorial over at http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/615805/Creating-a-Clean-Minimal-Footprint-ASP-NET-WebAPI

to mock a lightweight RESTful service at work.

Worked fine in vs2012.


Nikos Baxevanis September 10 2013
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Glad that you found it useful!

by eyesea | January 16 2013

I can't get this to work for VS 2010 on Windows XP. I keep getting a 'path too long' error.

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  • VB Version?
    6 Posts | Last post March 07, 2015
    • Any way we can get a VB version of this?
    • Good idea. I will keep this thread updated.
    • Any updates on a possible VB version? thx
    • I am planning to create a VB version too. 
      Although I haven't start creating the template yet, it is going to available for Visual Studio 2013 (here, on the Visual Studio gallery) while previous versions (2010, 2012 will be archived on the github repository.)
    • Nikos, did you ever get the VB version online?
    • Thank you for asking. Unfortunately, no. :( I've been busy with so many other stuff, that I've actually lost track of what the current state is, regarding Web API templates.
  • Where do I find it?
    3 Posts | Last post December 12, 2012
    • After installation, where do I find the new project type? What's it called?
    • Select 'ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Application', then the 'Empty Web API' project template.
    • Ah, it's a template for a template :) Tricky.