Using Project Rider under Windows without Visual Studio: prerequisites

If you have installed Project Rider on a Windows machine that has an existing Visual Studio installation, we expect Project Rider to start working without taking any further configuration steps.

However, if you want to use Project Rider on a copy of Windows that doesn't have Visual Studio installed:

  1. Download and install Microsoft Build Tools 2015:
  2. Download and install Microsoft .NET Framework Developer Pack 4.5.1 or later from this list: 
  3. (Optional, if you're interested in developing .NET Core applications.) Install .NET Core for Windows.
  4. (Optional, if you're interested in developing Web applications.) Download and install IIS Express (choose the x86 distribution for your language):

When can we expect support for .NET Framework versions later than 4.5.1? Seeing as 4.5.1 has been out of support for a full year now, it'd be awesome to see Rider support, say, 4.6 or 4.6.1.


What about using Mono with Windows, how can i choose between using .NET and Mono?

Can´t find any option in my project that i want to run/build in both frameworks.


Aapo, I have updated the instructions to reflect that any Developer Pack from the list at will do.


Daniel August
1. Set valid "mono root folder path" in Settings
2. For both Run and Debug configurations there must appear a checkbox "use mono runtime"

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I follow the installation instruction and I got the error:

"Cannot load the project with the current MSBuild toolset. Please ensure MSBuild 15.0 is installed."

After that, I installed Microsoft Build Tools 2017 with MSBuild 15 and I still got this error.

When I installed Visual Studio the error gone.

Is it a bug or I'm doing something wrong? I'm using Windows 10, .NET Core 1.0.1 SDK

I'm using Windows 10, .NET Core 1.0.1 SDK, .NET Core 1.1.1 Runtime, .NET Framework 4.6 and above.


Przemysław Pogorzelec


Edited by Pogoprzem

Latest .NET Core 1.1 requires Workload ".NET Cross Platform development" from Visual Studio installation. We hope to remove this limitation soon.


Microsoft Build Tools 2015 link is dead, I believe it should be replaced by this one?

(Under "Other Tools and Frameworks" > Build Tools for Visual Studio 2017)


Thanks Jackson, the link is now updated.


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