Add Bot Framework C# Template to Visual Studio 2015


In this post, we’ll see how to add the Microsoft Bot Framework’s template to Visual studio’s New Project dialog.

Follow the below steps to add it to the New Project Dialog.

  1. Download the C# VS template from here. It will be a zip file. Keep the zip file as is.
  2. Open the folder location where Visual Studio looks for User Templates.
    1. You can get the location by navigating to Tools –> Options –> Projects and Solutions –> User Projects Templates location.
  3. Copy the downloaded template into the C# folder. You can choose to paste it directly or create a folder and then paste it into that. Creating a folder will help in having the template in a more organized fashion in the New Project dialog. In this case, I have created another folder Bot Applications and pasted the zip file into it.
    In the image above, you can see the folder I have created and in the bottom part of the image, you can see the zip file that I have pasted into that folder.
  4. Now, close all open instances of Visual studio and reopen VS again. Click on New Project and you should see Bot Application section and the corresponding template added.
  5. You can now create your Bots!

Hope this helps!

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