Visual Studio Extension Overview

Applies to Collaborator 14.5, last modified on June 13, 2024

The SmartBearĀ Collaborator extension for Microsoft Visual Studio provides integration between Microsoft Visual Studio and Collaborator. It allows you to create and participate in Collaborator reviews directly from within the Visual Studio IDE.

Get Started

  1. Download and install the extension (the extension uses a stand-alone installer).

  2. Select CollaboratorĀ > Show Tool Window from the main menu of Visual Studio to open the Collaborator View panel.

  3. If the extension is not configured yet, it will invoke a Getting Started wizard suggesting to configure connection to Collaborator server and environment settings.

How the Integration Works

The extension adds a number of panels, menus and settings to the Visual Studio. The "entry point" is the Collaborator view:

In this panel, you can view the reviews and invoke other panels and dialogs to perform all types of peer review tasks:


  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2019, 2017 or 2015. The Community, Professional and Enterprise editions are supported.

  • Collaborator Client on the computer where you are going to install the extension. The extension uses the Client to upload review materials to the server and to work with source control systems.

  • Collaborator Client must be properly configured to work with your source control system. See SCM Configuration and Source Control Integrations.

  • Collaborator Server 12.0 and later.

Known Issues

  • Since the extension checks the Collaborator server periodically, it may take up to 2 minutes to retrieve information about newly created user from the server.


If you run across any issues or problems, send the error log along with your question to Support.

The extension's error log resides atĀ %userprofile%\.smartbear\vsext\log\vsext.log

See Also

Visual Studio Extension
Collaborator View
Add to Review Wizard
Review Screen
Code Viewer and Diff Viewer

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