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dotnet aspnet codegenerator

I am starting to get a bit annoyed with web development using Visual Studio these days. A lot of the work I have been doing is on the frontend using TypeScript and React, and trying to debug and compile currently involves the use of 3 tools.

On top of this, I have been looking at moving our existing .net core project from Visual Studio 2015 to 2017. So while playing around with a Web Application in VS17, I just want to add a simple MVC Controller. Simples eh? Well not with VS17 it would seem!


There was an error running the selected code generator: No executable found matching command "dotnet-aspnet-codegenetor"

I have read that you need to “hack” the csproj file to get it to work;

    <DotNetCliToolReference Include="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Web.CodeGeneration.Tools" Version="1.0.0-msbuild3-final" />

Does this work? Heck no. I am going home.


Ok so this only seems to be a problem when you right click on the Controllers folder and select Add > Controller. If you just select Add > New Item, then select MVC Controller Class, it lets you add one. Annoying.

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