Native scripting. World without Visual Studio

You already should know that we can work without Visual Studio at all. Read about CI Features, configure and have fun.

But wait ! What about if you need some scripting via vssbe, but you do not have the .sln, .csproj, .vcxproj, … and any other project files for X place (where you need this).

The basic example of this case - GetNuTool project.

How to

  • Execute the following command inside parent folder of your files:
echo Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 11.00> vssbe.sln
  • Now you can configure .vssbe as you like (via IDE or change it manually)
  • Then create ~ build.bat:
    • To restore vsSolutionBuildEvent via GetNuTool: gnt /p:ngpackages="vsSBE.CI.MSBuild" etc.
    • To activate basic Events and Actions as you need, for example: call "vsSBE.CI.MSBuild\bin\CI.MSBuild" "vssbe.sln" /v:m /m:4

That's all. Script what you like.

Advanced settings

I don't have project files, but I want to use VS IDE

You can also add Project records into your .sln if you plan to work through VS IDE with some your files.

Via IDE, or manually:

To add custom files
Project("{2150E333-8FDC-42A3-9474-1A3956D46DE8}") = "root", "root", "{4318D139-1E55-4525-838D-3853DFAC722B}"
    ProjectSection(SolutionItems) = preProject
        gnt.core = gnt.core
        build.bat = build.bat


  • {4318D139-1E55-4525-838D-3853DFAC722B} - The GUID for new Project record. Generate any new.
  • {2150E333-8FDC-42A3-9474-1A3956D46DE8} - The Solution Folder type.
  • root - The name of Solution Folder.
  • gnt.core, build.bat - list of files that should be available after open .sln
To add .targets-base files

You can also split logic into several steps as project of solution:

Project("{FAE04EC0-301F-11D3-BF4B-00C04F79EFBC}") = "step1.targets", "step1.targets", "{08B06F1F-FC33-4D1E-869B-6BE7E4502294}"

    GlobalSection(SolutionConfigurationPlatforms) = preSolution
        Release|Any CPU = Release|Any CPU
    GlobalSection(ProjectConfigurationPlatforms) = postSolution
        {08B06F1F-FC33-4D1E-869B-6BE7E4502294}.Release|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Release|Any CPU
        {08B06F1F-FC33-4D1E-869B-6BE7E4502294}.Release|Any CPU.Build.0 = Release|Any CPU


  • GlobalSection(SolutionConfigurationPlatforms) - Solution configurations - name|Platform
  • GlobalSection(ProjectConfigurationPlatforms) - Project configurations that linked to solution configurations.
    • Release|Any CPU.ActiveCfg - Configuration name
    • Release|Any CPU.Build.0 - flag of build (this line exists when flag is true)