SharePoint 2016 Project Template for Visual Studio 2015

This SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss how to get SharePoint 2016 Project templates in visual studio 2015. SharePoint 2016 project templates are missing in visual studio 2015.

Recently after installing SharePoint 2016 and Visual Studio 2015 in my laptop, when I open visual studio 2016, I can see only project types for SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010. I do not see any project type for SharePoint 2016.

It looks like below:

sharepoint 2016 project templates for visual studio 2015

For SharePoint 2016 project templates to appear in visual studio 2015, we need to install “Microsoft Office Developer Tools Preview 2 for Visual Studio 2015”

Download Microsoft Office Developer Tools Preview for Visual Studio 2015

Once download over, double-click on it to start the installation, it should look like below:

microsoft office developer tools preview for visual studio 2015

Once the installation over, if you will open visual studio 2015, you can see project templates related to SharePoint 2016.

SharePoint 2013 Solutions Project Type Templates in Visual Studio

Now, we will see various templates in visual studio for SharePoint 2013. By default all the templates will not available in visual studio 2012, here we need to install Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio for SharePoint 2013, click here for more details.

Below are SharePoint 2013 Solutions Project Type Templates in Visual Studio

  • SharePoint 2013 Project: This template creates an empty SharePoint project.
  • SharePoint 2013 Silverlight Web Part: This will create a SharePoint 2013 package that hosts a Silverlight application.
  • SharePoint 2013 Visual Web Part: This will create a new SharePoint 2013 Visual web part where you can drag and drop controls into the web part user interface.
  • Import SharePoint 2013 Solution Package: This template enables to import an existing WSP package for SharePoint 2013.
  • Import Reusable SharePoint 2013 Workflow: This template enables you to import an existing reusable SharePoint 2013 Workflow that you create in SharePoint Designer 2013, which you can then customize and deploy from Visual Studio 2012.
  • SharePoint 2010 Project: This template enables you to start with an empty project.
  • SharePoint 2010 Silverlight Web Part: This template provides the files needed to create a SharePoint 2010 package that hosts a Silverlight application.
  • SharePoint 2010 Visual Web Part: This template helps us to create a new SharePoint 2010 Visual web part.
  • Import SharePoint 2010 Solution Package: This template enables you to import an existing WSP package for SharePoint 2010.
  • Import Reusable SharePoint 2010 Workflow: This template enables you to import an existing reusable SharePoint 2010 Workflow that you create in SharePoint Designer 2010.
  • Silverlight Web Part:
  • Visual Web Part: This will add a new visual web part to the current solution.
  • Web Part: This will add a new web part to Sharepoint solution.
  • List: This template will create a new list.
  • Event Receiver: This templates will help us in creating an event receiver.
  • Content-Type: This template provides a wizard to create a content type item with a reusable collection of fields.
  • Workflow: This template will help us to create SharePoint 2013 workflows that can be based on a list or site in Visual Studio.
  • Workflow Custom Activity: This template creates a custom activity that can be reused in Visual Studio or in SharePoint Designer.
  • Sequential Workflow (Farm Solution Only): This template provides the ability to create the SharePoint 2010 sequential workflows.
  • State Machine Workflow (Farm Solution Only): This template provides the ability to create the SharePoint 2010 state machine workflows.
  • Application Page (Farm Solution Only): This template is used to create an application page, which is just an ASP.NET page hosted in SharePoint.
  • Site Column: This template creates the elements.xml file and default field attributes for the custom site columns.
  • Module: This template creates a simple module file with a sample text file showing how to deploy files.
  • Site Definition (Farm Solution Only): This template enables you to create the SharePoint 2010 site definition files that can be deployed at a farm level.
  • User Control (Farm Solution Only): You can create a user control that you can use in an application page or web part with this template.

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I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SPGuides.com

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