VSBuildStatusAddin with Auto Show and Auto Hide

A new version (1.3) of VSBuildStatus add-in for Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010 is available. It allows you to configure the add-in window to automatically show up when a build/clean/deploy process starts, and/or automatically close when the operation ends.

  • To enable the automatic show of the add-in window when a build/clean/deploy operation starts, check Pop-out automatically when starting a build
  • To enable the automatic hiding of the add-in window when the build/clean/deploy operation ends, check Auto hide when the build ends
    • you can set a delay interval for the hiding, varing from 0 to 300 seconds; if the delay is 0, the window is hidden immediatelly after the build ends
    • to keep the window shown when error(s) occurred during the build/clean/deploy operation, check DO NOT auto hide when an error occurs

Here is a screen short of the properties window. It opens from the Settings button.

The add-in is available on the Visual Studio Gallery.

7 Replies to “VSBuildStatusAddin with Auto Show and Auto Hide”

  1. Awesome plugin, brings lots of common sense into VS. Anyways I found a bug.

    If I unload any one project in my solution, depending on unloaded project’s location in .sol file, the plugin fails to properly track the other projects listed BELOW it.

    Say I have projects P1, P2, P3 and P4 in a solution S1. They are listed in order P1, P2, P3, P4 inside S1.sol file.

    – Inside IDE, if I unload project P2 (P1, P3, P4 being loaded), the plugin will track the build of P1 correctly, but will fail to track build of p3, P4.
    – If I unload project P3 (P1, P2, P4 being loaded), the plugin will track the builds of P1 and P2 in correct order, but will fail to track build of P4.
    – If I unload project P4 (P1, P2, P3 being loaded), the plugin will successfully track the build of P1, P2, P3.

    Hope you’ll get time for this 🙂

  2. Addon is not showing up.
    – copied everything inside the “2008 & 2010” folder (1 file and 1 folder)
    – pasted it into: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\Addins\”
    – restarted Visual Studio 2010…
    – cannot find the VSBuildStatusAddin command nor can I see the addin in add-in manager.

    WHAT am I doing wrong?

  3. You must make sure this folder “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\Addins\” is listed in Tools > Options > Environment > Add-in/Macro Security page in the Add-in File Paths list.

  4. Thanks a lot for this addin.
    I would enjoy very much this feature to be also standalone (as does Incredibuild for C++).
    In my case, i test my nightly build job on my dev machine.
    I launch devenv.com to build the C# my solution.
    It would be perfect to have an option to have vsbuildstatus popping up


  5. I’ve been using VSBuildStatus for a long time now, but having upgraded to VS2012 i am already missing it (i was hoping they would have implemented something similar natively but they didn’t), any chance of updating it to work on VS2012, i modified the addinn file to get VS to load it, but it crashes when starting up, i dont know if this is due to me now being on 64bit and it still doesnt like 64bit or if its a change in visual studio.

    If your not keen on maintaining it any chance of putting it on codeplex ?

  6. I’m on VS2010 and Windows 10. I used to use this plugin on Win 7 and loved it. I’ve not been able to get it to work on Win 10.

    The addin shows up in Help->About, and the Addin Manager, but there’s no way to actually make the VSBuildStatus window appear.

    The .AddIn file on the Microsoft website still says 1.1.0. Did you forget to update the info file, or is the version available for download not version 1.3.0?

  7. Specifically the Tools menu / VSBuildStatusAddin command is not present. There’s no mention of VSBuildStatus outside of the AddInManger and the About pane.

    I can see from the ActivityLog.xml

    Loading .NET AddIn: VSBuildStatusAddin.Connect
    Calling OnConnection for Addin: VSBuildStatusAddin.Connect

    There are no errors logged in ActivityLog.xml for VSBuildStatus. Does it make its own log somewhere else?

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