/Build (devenv.exe)

Builds a solution using a specified solution configuration file.

Devenv SolutionName /build SolnConfigName [/project ProjName [/projectconfig ProjConfigName]]


  • SolutionName
    Required. The full path and name of the solution file.

  • SolnConfigName
    Required. The name of the solution configuration that will be used to build the solution named in SolutionName.

  • /project ProjName
    Optional. The path and name of a project file within the solution. You can enter a relative path from the SolutionName folder to the project file, or the project's display name, or the full path and name of the project file.

  • /projectconfig ProjConfigName
    Optional. The name of a project build configuration to be used when building the /project named.


This switch performs the same function as the Build Solution menu command within the integrated development environment (IDE).

Enclose strings that include spaces in double quotation marks.

Summary information for builds, including errors, can be displayed in the Command window, or in any log file specified with the /out switch.

This command only builds projects that have changed since the last build. To build all projects in a solution, use /Rebuild (devenv.exe).


This example builds the project CSharpConsoleApp, using the Debug project build configuration within the Debug solution configuration of MySolution.

devenv "C:\Documents and Settings\someuser\My Documents\Visual Studio\Projects\MySolution\MySolution.sln" /build Debug /project "CSharpWinApp\CSharpWinApp.csproj" /projectconfig Debug 

See Also


How to: Prepare and Manage Builds


Devenv Command Line Switches

/Rebuild (devenv.exe)

/Clean (devenv.exe)

/Out (devenv.exe)