vsrenamer 1.1.5

.NET Core 3.1
dotnet tool install --global vsrenamer --version 1.1.5
This package contains a .NET tool you can call from the shell/command line.
dotnet new tool-manifest # if you are setting up this repo
dotnet tool install --local vsrenamer --version 1.1.5
This package contains a .NET tool you can call from the shell/command line.
#tool dotnet:?package=vsrenamer&version=1.1.5
nuke :add-package vsrenamer --version 1.1.5

Visual Studio Solution Renamer

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Allows to rename a solution, its projects and namespaces.<br/> Please note Preview mode is supported and enabled by default.

Get started

The tool is intended to be used as a global dotnet tool.

dotnet tool install -g vsrenamer

Then you can run it directly from the command line:

vsrenamer.exe -w <solution directory> [other parameters]


vsrenamer.exe --help
vsrenamer.exe -a -f Old -t New -c -w .\src --rename false --replacecontent true
vsrenamer.exe -a -f Old -t New -c -w .\src --rename true  --replacecontent false
vsrenamer.exe --workingdirectory c:\Sources\projectA\src\ --apply --from projectA --to projectAAA --solution MySolution.sln
vsrenamer.exe -w c:\Sources\projectA\src\ --apply --cleanup
vsrenamer.exe -w c:\Sources\projectB\src\ -a -f projectB -t projectBBB -c --projects --mask "*.csproj *.cs *.xaml"
vsrenamer.exe -w c:\Sources\projectC\src\ -a -f projectC -t projectCCC -c --verbose

If you need to update a solution with ".." paths you can use the following command line:

vsrenamer.exe -w c:\Sources\projectD\src\ -a -f projectD -t projectDDD -c -m "*.sln *.csproj *.xaml *.cs *.xml" -p

Also you can install and run its GUI version

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dotnet tool install -g vsrenamer_gui

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Under the hood

Here is the list of actions to be done during the process of renaming

  • Rename .sln file
  • Rename .csproj files
  • Rename parent folder of the projects
  • Update their relative paths in the .sln file
  • Set proper AssemblyName and RootNamespace in the .csproj files
  • Replace text in files. By default, *.cs *.xaml *.xml *.json *.asax *.cshtml *.config *.js


  • A single solution file only (.sln)
  • A single project (.csproj) per folder
  • C# projects only
  • No source version control history support

Be aware

  • 🔴 No backup feature
  • 🔴 No roll-back feature
  • 🔴 No proper symlinks support
  • 🔴 Tested with
    • Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 12.00
    • Visual Studio Version 16 (2019)
  • 🔴 It's strongly recommended to perform renaming with the following two steps:
    1. Replace file content, review the changes and commit (svn, git, etc.)
    2. Rename files and folders


Product Versions
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.NET Core netcoreapp3.1
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Version Downloads Last updated
1.1.5 553 10/24/2020
1.1.4 387 10/18/2020
1.1.3 417 10/18/2020
1.1.2 391 10/15/2020
1.1.1 509 10/10/2020
1.1.0 348 10/4/2020

Initial version