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Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools


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Requires a reboot after KB2919355

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This package was approved by moderator AdmiringWorm on 6/18/2017.


These Build Tools allow you to build native and managed MSBuild-based applications without requiring the Visual Studio IDE. There are options to install the Visual C++ compilers and libraries, MFC, ATL, and C++/CLI support.

To find out what's new or to see the known issues, see the Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes.
System requirements


By default, the package installs only the bare minimum required (the MSBuild Tools workload). The easiest way to add more workloads is to use the workload packages:
- Visual C++ build tools
- Web development build tools.

All package parameters are passed to the Visual Studio installer, enabling full customization of the installation. The possible parameters are described here. The package passes --norestart --wait by default, and --quiet, unless --passive is specified in the package parameters.

After installing the package, more features can also be added by launching the Visual Studio Installer application from the Start Menu.

The language of the installed software can be controlled using the package parameter --locale <language>.
The list of languages is presented here. By default, the operating system display language is used.

Full installation

This command will install Visual Studio Build Tools with all available workloads and optional components, display progress during the installation and specify the English language regardless of operating system settings:

choco install visualstudio2017buildtools --package-parameters "--allWorkloads --includeRecommended --includeOptional --passive --locale en-US"


A reboot may be required after (or even before) installing/uninstalling this package.
If control over reboots is required, it is advisable to install the dependencies (esp. dotnet4.6.1 or later) first, perform a reboot if necessary, and then install this package.


  • tools\ChocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    Install-VisualStudio `
        -PackageName 'visualstudio2017buildtools' `
        -ApplicationName 'Microsoft Visual Studio Build Tools 2017' `
        -Url '' `
        -Checksum 'DF4EC6B5A7041873AA6F814E5B7CE51E9C5D39A2C2FC8802B46F2CC64A9116CD' `
        -ChecksumType 'SHA256' `
        -InstallerTechnology 'WillowVS2017OrLater' `
        -Product 'BuildTools' `
        -VisualStudioYear '2017'
  • tools\ChocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    Remove-VisualStudioProduct `
        -PackageName 'visualstudio2017buildtools' `
        -Product 'BuildTools' `
        -VisualStudioYear '2017'

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Microsoft



Release Notes


Visual Studio 2017 release notes


- Package metadata updated for Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2.26430.12 (the native installer always installs the latest released Visual Studio 2017 build).
- To avoid problems with upgrade, installation is skipped if the product is already installed.

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 18706 Sunday, March 31, 2019 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 35588 Saturday, March 9, 2019 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 27387 Thursday, February 21, 2019 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 84118 Saturday, January 5, 2019 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 69546 Tuesday, November 27, 2018 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 58950 Saturday, November 17, 2018 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 51150 Wednesday, November 7, 2018 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 65672 Wednesday, October 17, 2018 approved
Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools 13385 Tuesday, October 2, 2018 approved
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