Update Visual Studio to the most recent release

We encourage you to update to the most recent version of Visual Studio 2017 so that you always get the latest features, fixes, and improvements.

And if you'd like to try out the next version, consider downloading the release candidate of Visual Studio 2019, too.

Important

You must log on with an account that has administrative permissions to install, update, or modify Visual Studio. For more information, see User Permissions and Visual Studio.

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Update Visual Studio for Mac.

Update Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6 or later

We've streamlined the installation and update experience to make it easier to use directly from within the IDE. Here's how to update from version 15.6 and later to newer versions of Visual Studio.

Using the Notifications hub

When there is an update, there's a corresponding notification flag in Visual Studio.

  1. Save your work.

  2. Choose the notification flag to open the Notifications hub, and then choose the update that you want to install.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notification hub

    Tip

    An update for an edition of Visual Studio 2017 is cumulative, so always choose to install the one with the most recent version number.

  3. When the Update dialog box opens, choose Update Now.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Update dialog box from the Notifications hub

    If a User Access Control dialog box opens, choose Yes. Next, a "Please wait" dialog might open for a moment, and then the Visual Studio Installer opens to start the update.

    The new Visual Studio Installer experience in version 15.6

    Your update continues. Then, when it's complete, Visual Studio restarts.

    Note

    When you run Visual Studio in administrator mode, you must manually restart Visual Studio after the update.

Using the IDE

You can check for an update and then install the update from the menu bar in Visual Studio.

  1. Save your work.

  2. Choose Help > Check for Updates.

    The new Help menu in Visual Studio version 15.6

  3. When the Update dialog box opens, choose Update Now.

    The update proceeds as described in the previous section, and then Visual Studio restarts after the update completes successfully.

    Note

    When you run Visual Studio in administrator mode, you must manually restart Visual Studio after the update.

Using the Visual Studio Installer

As in earlier versions of Visual Studio, you can use the Visual Studio Installer to install an update.

  1. Save your work.

  2. Open the installer. The Visual Studio Installer might require updating before you continue.

    Note

    On a computer running Windows 10, you can find the installer under the letter V as the Visual Studio Installer, or under the letter M as the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.

  3. On the Product page in the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you have installed.

  4. If an update is available, you see an Update button. (It might take a few seconds for the installer to determine whether an update is available.)

    Choose the Update button to install the updates.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Visual Studio Installer

Update Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 or earlier

If you are using an earlier version, here's how to apply an update from Visual Studio 2017 version 15.0 through version 15.5.

Update by using the Notifications hub

  1. When there are updates, there's a corresponding notification flag in Visual Studio.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notification hub

    Choose the notification flag to open the Notifications hub.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notification hub

    Tip

    An update for an edition of Visual Studio 2017 is cumulative, so always choose to install the one with the most recent version number.

  2. Choose "Visual Studio Update" is available, which opens the Extensions and Updates dialog box.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notifications hub

  3. In the Extensions and Updates dialog box, choose the Update button.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Notifications hub

More about Visual Studio notifications

Visual Studio notifies you when an update is available for Visual Studio itself or for any components, and also when certain events occur in the Visual Studio environment.

  • When the notification flag is yellow, there is a Visual Studio product update available for you to install.
  • When the notification flag is red, there is a problem with your license.
  • When the notification flag is black, there are optional or informational messages to review.

Choose the notifications flag to open the Notifications hub and then choose the notifications that you want to act on. Or, choose to ignore or dismiss a notification.

View an optional or informational message in the Notification hub

If you choose to ignore a notification, Visual Studio stops showing it. If you want to reset the list of ignored notifications, choose the Settings button in the Notifications hub.

Choose the Settings button in the Notifications hub to view Notification options

Update by using the Visual Studio Installer

  1. Open the installer. You might need to update the installer before continuing. If this is the case, you are prompted to do so.

    Note

    On a computer running Windows 10, you can find the installer under the letter V as the Visual Studio Installer, or under the letter M as the Microsoft Visual Studio Installer.

  2. On the Product page in the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you have installed.

  3. If an update is available, you see an Update button. (It might take a few seconds for the installer to determine whether an update is available.)

    Choose the Update button to install the updates.

    Update Visual Studio 2017 by using the Visual Studio Installer

We encourage you to update to the most recent version of Visual Studio 2019 so that you always get the latest features, fixes, and improvements.

Important

You must log on with an account that has administrative permissions to install, update, or modify Visual Studio. For more information, see User Permissions and Visual Studio.

Note

This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Update Visual Studio for Mac.

Here's how to update Visual Studio 2019 Preview or Visual Studio 2019 RC.

Use the Visual Studio Installer

  1. Open the installer.

    Open the Visual Studio Installer

    You might have to update the installer before continuing. If so, follow the prompts.

  2. In the installer, look for the edition of Visual Studio that you installed.

    For example, if you previously installed Visual Studio Community 2019 RC and there is an update for it, then an Update available message appears in the installer.

    Select the edition of Visual Studio 2019 that you want to update

  3. Choose Update to install the updates.

    Select the Update button to install the updates

  4. After the update is complete, choose Launch to start Visual Studio.

    Select the Launch button to start Visual Studio

Use the IDE

You can check for an update and then install it by using the menu bar or the search box in Visual Studio 2019.

Open Visual Studio

  1. From the Windows Start menu, choose Visual Studio 2019.

    Open the Visual Studio 2019 RC

  2. Under Get started, choose any option to open the IDE.

    Open the Visual Studio Installer

    Visual Studio opens. In the IDE, a Visual Studio 2019 update message appears.

    The 'Visual Studio 2019 update' message in the IDE

  3. In the Visual Studio 2019 update message, choose View details.

    Choose View Details button in the Visual Studio 2019 IDE update message

  4. In the Update downloaded and ready to install dialog box, choose Update.

    Choose the Update button in the 'Update downloaded and ready to install' dialog box

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

In Visual Studio

  1. From the menu bar, choose Help, and then choose Check for Updates.

    Choose 'Check for Updates' from the Help menu

    Note

    You can also use the search box in the IDE to check for updates. Press Ctrl+Q, type "check for updates", and then choose the search result that matches.

  2. In the Update downloaded and ready to install dialog box, choose Update.

    Choose the Update button in the 'Update downloaded and ready to install' dialog box

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

Use the Notifications hub

  1. In Visual Studio, save your work.

  2. Choose the notification icon from the lower-right corner of the Visual Studio IDE to open the Notifications hub.

    The notification icon in the Visual Studio IDE

  3. In the Notifications hub, choose the update that you want to install, and then choose View details.

    The Notification hub in Visual Studio 2019

    Tip

    An update for an edition of Visual Studio 2019 is cumulative, so always choose to install the one with the most recent version number.

  4. In the Update downloaded and ready to install dialog box, choose Update.

    Visual Studio updates, closes, and then reopens.

Get support

Sometimes, things can go wrong. If your Visual Studio installation fails, see Troubleshooting Visual Studio installation and upgrade issues for step-by-step guidance.

We also offer a live chat (English only) support option for installation-related issues.

Here are a few more support options:

See also