Prepare your development environment

To build and run Azure Service Fabric applications on your development machine, install the runtime, SDK, and tools. You also need to enable execution of the Windows PowerShell scripts included in the SDK.


Supported operating system versions

The following operating system versions are supported for development:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8/Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10

Windows 7 only includes Windows PowerShell 2.0 by default. Service Fabric PowerShell cmdlets requires PowerShell 3.0 or higher. You can download Windows PowerShell 5.0 from the Microsoft Download Center.

Install the SDK and tools

To use Visual Studio 2017

Service Fabric Tools are part of the Azure Development and Management workload in Visual Studio 2017. Enable this workload as part of your Visual Studio installation. In addition, you need to install the Microsoft Azure Service Fabric SDK, using Web Platform Installer.

To use Visual Studio 2015 (requires Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 or later)

For Visual Studio 2015, Service Fabric tools are installed together with the SDK, using the Web Platform Installer:

SDK installation only

If you only need the SDK, you can install this package:


Customers have reported errors during installation when using these launch links, or when these links were used in Chrome browser. These errors are known issues in Web Platform Installer which are being addressed. Try the following workarounds:

  • Launch the preceding links in Internet Explorer or Edge browsers, or
  • Launch Web Platform Installer from the Start menu, search for "Service Fabric", and install the SDK

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The current versions are:

  • Service Fabric SDK 2.5.216
  • Service Fabric runtime 5.5.216
  • Visual Studio 2015 tools 1.5.50311.1

For a list of supported versions, see Service Fabric support

Enable PowerShell script execution

Service Fabric uses Windows PowerShell scripts for creating a local development cluster and for deploying applications from Visual Studio. By default, Windows blocks these scripts from running. To enable them, you must modify your PowerShell execution policy. Open PowerShell as an administrator and enter the following command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force -Scope CurrentUser

Next steps

Now that you've finished setting up your development environment, start building and running apps.