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I just downloaded a VSIX file from the Visual Studio Gallery.

How do I install it in Visual Studio?

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VSIX is a Visual Studio extension installer. You must have Visual Studio 2010 or newer in order to install them, but you should be able to install it by double-clicking the .vsix file. Alternatively you should be able to install it from within the VS Extension Manager (Tools->Extension Manger)

See more about VSIX files at Quan To's Visual Studio Extensibility blog

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How to install Visual Studio Extensions

To summarise, there are three options:

  1. Install via Extension Manager (Tools/Options)
  2. Install via Visual Studio Gallery.com (download and open directly or save then double-click)
  3. Install via "xcopy" into %appdata%\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Extensions
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The above answers didn't help me; I couldn't install it through the extension manager and there was not default application for .vsix. However, I needed to open it (right click > Open with...) with Microsoft Visual Studio Version Selector and it worked.

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I think you just reload Visual Studio after downloading the VSIX. During the launch Visual Studio looks for the VSIX file and incorporates all the required changes.

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Which version are you referring to? As heavyd pointed out VSIX is only relevant in VS2010 –  Diago Jan 14 '10 at 21:42
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Visual Studio only looks if you put it in the right place! –  Benjol Apr 22 '10 at 6:44
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