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CodeRush/IDE Tools system requirements

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

This is another frequent question from new CodeRush users, which is not exactly specified anywhere yet because CodeRush does not really rely on hardware or software requirements – it should run OK everywhere your Visual Studio is installed.

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Deploying DXCore, CodeRush or community plug-ins using a VSIX extension

October 17th, 2011 Comments off

Note, this article has been moved to the official DevExpress Support Center site. Please refer to the moved article as it might have further updates or additional comments. Thank you.

A DXCore plug-in is usually represented by a single assembly. It might also include some additional data, for example, language dictionaries for the Spell Checker CodeRush plug-in and, probably, setting files, such as shortcuts. To install the plug-in, simply copy an assembly to the Community Plug-ins folder that looks like this in most cases:

%Documents%\DevExpress\IDE Tools\Community

where %Documents% is your Windows Documents folder.

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How to install a particular DXCore plug-in

March 17th, 2011 2 comments

To install a particular DXCore plug-in you need to copy the plug-in dll into your plug-ins directory. Usually it looks similar to this path:

%userprofile%\Documents\DevExpress\IDE Tools\Community\PlugIns\

where “%userprofile%\Documents” is a path to the user Documents folder.

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Installation – what’s with all .exe files for previous versions of IDE tools

September 13th, 2010 Comments off

You may notice that in your “Program Files\DevExpress…” folder, there’s an .exe file for each version of IDE tools you’ve installed, e.g.


The following questions may raise:

  • Are all these really necessary?
  • Is there a reason that installing a new version doesn’t clear out the previous versions?
  • Can I safely remove them to clean-up my system?

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How to install/uninstall IDE tools in quiet/silent mode

August 13th, 2010 1 comment

IDE tools installation can be launched in silent (without GUI and no questions asked) mode. Here’s a sample command line:

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How to install multiple IDE tools versions side-by-side

August 11th, 2010 Comments off

Different versions of IDE Tools can be installed together side-by-side on a single machine. Note, however, you can have only one version running at a given time.

There’s a DXCoreVersion tool which allows you to switch between installed IDE Tools versions any time. You can find the “DXCoreVersion.exe” tool in your bin folder which looks similar to this path:

“%Program Files%\DevExpress %YourVersion%\IDETools\System\DXCore\BIN”

For versions greater than v12.1, the path may look as follows:

“%Program Files%\CodeRush %YourVersion%\System\DXCore\BIN”

where %YourVersion% is a version of CodeRush (IDE Tools) you have installed.

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How to completely uninstall IDE tools (CodeRush and/or Refactor!)

August 10th, 2010 Comments off

Note, this article has been moved to the official DevExpress Support Center site. Please refer to the moved article as it might have further updates or additional comments. Thank you.

Here are the steps required to clean-up your system from CodeRush installation:

1. Uninstall the products (DevExpress CodeRush) from the Control Panel.

2. Search for any remaining DevExpress.CodeRush~, DevExpress.DXCore~ or DevExpress.Refactor~ assemblies located on your hard drive, including your GAC (%WindowsRoot%\Assembly), and delete any if found.

3. Backup your user settings located in the “%appdata%\CodeRush for VS .NET\1.1” folder and remove it.

4. Delete the Registry keys that were added when installing the product. Please note, the keys to be removed differ for 64-bit and 32-bit OS versions. Here are the keys you should remove:

For 32-bit OS

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\{VSVersion}\Addins\CodeRush
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\{VSVersion}\Addins\CodeRush

For 64-bit OS

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\{VSVersion}\Addins\CodeRush
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Software\Microsoft\Visual Studio\{VSVersion}\Addins\CodeRush

5. Delete the DevExpressTools.Addin file from the following folders:

For Windows XP:


For Windows Vista, Windows 7 and up:


6. Navigate to the following folder:


(replace the %VSVersion% in each of the Visual Studio versions you have installed)

Find the folders containing the “DevExpress.DXCore.MefComponents.dll” assembly and completely remove them.

Do the same (remove the entire folders containing the mentioned assemblies) in the following folder:

%Program Files%\Microsoft Visual Studio %VSVersion%\Common7\IDE\Extensions\DevExpress\

7. Download the latest version to make sure you are up-to-date and install it. Please visit DevExpress versions info page to learn about the most recent versions of our products.

Products: all
Versions: all
VS IDEs: all
Updated: Aug/20/2012
ID: T015

How to install the IDE tools (CodeRush and/or Refactor!)

August 10th, 2010 Comments off

Once you download an installer from the DevExpress website, run it, and follow the instructions on the screen:

DevExpress CodeRush Installation 1

If you’re a registered user, choose the Registered Installation option, and enter your details on the next screen:

DevExpress CodeRush Installation 2

If you don’t have a license, you may install the product in the trial mode that lasts for 30 days. The functionality of the standard products, when installed in trial mode, is not reduced during this period.

On the next screen, you will be notified that CodeRush modifies the Visual Studio IDE:

DevExpress CodeRush Installation 2

I recommend you click the “See how prior to install” link to learn more.

Select the destination installation folder and accept the terms of the End User License Agreement, if you’re agree with them:

DevExpress CodeRush Installation 4

Installation progress is shown on the next screen. It may take up to several minutes to install, depending on the Visual Studio versions you have installed:

DevExpress CodeRush Installation 5

After the installation process is complete, click on the Finish button, and you’re done:

DevExpress CodeRush Installation 6

If you have questions regarding this installer or need assistance with the installation process, feel free to contact DevExpress by writing to: or

Products: all
Versions: 12.1 and up
VS IDEs: 2008 and up
Updated: Nov/29/2012
ID: T014