Thursday, March 18, 2010

SharpDevelop: Open Source Visual Studio .NET

Fot those who are looking for an alternative IDE for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, something that costs less (actually free), and does not require a lot of hardware specification, this this article may be of help.

SharpDevelop is a free IDE that imitates the user interface of Microsoft Visual Studio. It contains a lot of features similar to Visual Studio such as the project explorer, drag-and-drop design view, resource manager, syntax highlighting... etc. It uses the free distributable .NET Framework for compiling source codes. (So it requires .NET Framework installed first)


SharpDevelop may not posses the same quality and features which may be found at Microsoft Visual Studio but this could also be a good option for starters especially in Visual Basic and C# Programming. Users who are already used to may not feel comfortable because of some features. However, projects in SharpDevelop may still be opened in MS Visual Studio.


SharpDevelop may be downloaded at

Latest Version for Microsoft .NET Framework
.NET Framework Page


  1. I think links provided above are not working..
    Here's the link:

    I'd better make a post wherein detailed instructions on how to download #Develop and .NET Framework are listed. Nice post! ^^,

  2. I just want to comment on this:
    "However, projects in SharpDevelop may still be opened in MS Visual Studio."

    It's also a vice-versa.. Projects created in MS Visual Studio 2008 can be opened in SharpDevelop. ^^,