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A program I am installing requires Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools. However, I am unable to find these anywhere. The link they provided 404s. So I tried googling it. The top result: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2016/03/31/announcing-the-official-release-of-the-visual-c-build-tools-2015/ actually downloads the 2017 version.

And the second result is just Microsoft Build Tools 2015, and I have no idea whether that's the same thing: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48159

So where can I find the download for Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools?

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So where can I find the download for Visual C++ 2015 Build Tools?

You can download it from the Visual Studio website.

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When I launched the installation I was able to confirm that the Microsoft Build Tools 2015 is indeed Microsoft Visual C++ Build Tools.

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In order to get the download to display, on the page you reference, click on the Older Versions button.

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Source: Still want an older version?

The 2015 build tools were incorporated into the Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools.

This, of course, is indeed false. Build Tools for Visual Studio 2017 installs supports an entirely different build chain. Build Tools for Visual Studio 2017 as it's predecessor can replace a Visual Studio installation to build software.

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  • The links require you to log into your Microsoft account on the website, join the developer program, which is of course free. I cannot provide a direct link to the download, nor is it required, since Microsoft still distributes it.
    – Ramhound
    Oct 24, 2018 at 4:35

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