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Visual Studio

The 64-bit integrated development environment (IDE) designed for creating powerful and scalable applications for Azure.

The IDE designed for cloud solutions

Develop, debug, and monitor cloud applications locally, and deploy them to production using powerful integration tools. Use the range of Visual Studio features and capabilities to quickly and efficiently create highly secure applications optimized for the cloud.


Take advantage of your full dev box with a 64-bit Visual Studio that easily scales to large and complex solutions

Build, run, and debug cloud apps directly from the IDE with local emulators and integration tools

Deploy to Azure and manage Azure dependencies without leaving the IDE

Identify and fix unhandled exceptions that occur in production more easily with snapshot debugging

Develop cloud applications locally

Work with your cloud apps locally before deploying them to the cloud through integration with local emulators, tools, and runtimes for Azure services—including Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure SQL, and Azure Functions. Simplify running and debugging serverless applications with Azure Functions by responding to events in production in real time. When your applications are ready, easily deploy them to the cloud without leaving the IDE.

Develop cloud applications locally
Deploy to Azure and manage Azure dependencies with ease

Deploy to Azure and manage Azure dependencies with ease

Connect to Azure services or emulate them while debugging locally with the connective services feature. Use the publish feature to deploy your project to Azure with just a few clicks. Visual Studio displays only options applicable to your project and automatically detects connection strings and other points of integration between your application and Azure.

Easily fix issues in production

Quickly respond to bugs and issues in production while building robust applications. With snapshot debugging, find and fix unhandled exceptions and replicate the steps that caused the code failure, using the same live data, without the need for debug symbols or additional instrumentation. Simply grab the latest debug snapshot from Application Insights and use the snapshot debugger to fix the problematic code with precision.

Easily fix issues in production
Streamline source control and automate workflows

Streamline source control and automate workflows

Take advantage of the code hosting, developer community, and collaboration tools available on GitHub. Create and publish repositories and manage pull requests on GitHub, and review source code right inside Visual Studio. Set up GitHub Actions continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) workflows from within Visual Studio in just a few clicks.

Drive insightful monitoring and diagnostics

Drive insightful monitoring and diagnostics

Find and solve performance issues and bugs in production with Azure Monitor in Visual Studio. Identify dependency failures and troubleshoot slow performance directly inside your IDE using CodeLens hints.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

A security center overview in Azure showing policy and compliance data and resource security hygiene
The security center compute and apps tab in Azure showing a list of recommendations

Get started with an Azure free account


Start free. Get USD200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.


After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.


After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

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Developer Resources

Build cloud-enabled apps

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Get started with Azure development

Create and deploy your applications to Azure or to staging or production environments with Visual Studio.

Samples and tutorials

Access a broad collection of samples and tutorials for all levels of developers.

Create apps with Azure

Access the open-source tools and features you need to create and deploy modern web applications to Azure.

Azure for .NET developers

.NET and Visual Studio work better together with Azure. Build and deploy .NET and .NET Core applications to Azure.

Mobile apps and games

Create cloud-connected, cross-platform mobile applications and games for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS with Xamarin, .NET, and Unity.

Frequently asked questions about Visual Studio

  • The Visual Studio Installer helps you select the right workloads and languages and install the tools, packages, and SDKs needed for your selections. See a pre-installation checklist.

  • You can purchase Visual Studio Professional here.

  • See the minimum system requirements—including operating systems, hardware, and supported languages—for the Visual Studio 2019 family of products.

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