September 22, 2010
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Author: Carlos J. Quintero (Microsoft MVP) Applies to: Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002
Date: June 2008   Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
Updated: March 2009   Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
      Microsoft Visual Studio 2008


This article provides a list of known project type Guids.

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Every Visual Studio project has a project type (Windows project, Smart Device project, Web Site project, etc.) and in some cases more than one type (subtypes or flavors).

Every project type is identified by a unique Guid, so every project has one or more project type Guids.

Project type Guids are stored generally in the project file:


But for some special projects (such as some database projects) and projects lacking a file (such as Web Site projects), the project type is stored also in the solution file:

Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 10.00
# Visual Studio 2008
Project("{F184B08F-C81C-45F6-A57F-5ABD9991F28F}") = "SqlServerProject1", "SqlServerProject1.vbproj", "{BE5F0BE0-93CD-4FCE-A853-9096A442DF1B}"

Note: Do not confuse the project type Guid with the project guid that identifies a project within a solution.

The main project type of a project is returned by the automation model through the EnvDTE.Project.Kind property, which is a string containing the Guid that identifies the project type. To get all the project type Guids of a project you have to read the project or solution file, or use the IVsAggregatableProject interface as described in the article HOWTO: Get the project flavor (subtype) of a Visual Studio project from an add-in.

The project type Guids are stored in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\<version>\Projects where <version> is:

  • 7.0 for Visual Studio .NET 2002
  • 7.1 for Visual Studio .NET 2003
  • 8.0 for Visual Studio 2005
  • 9.0 for Visual Studio 2008

However, not all the Guids stored in that registry key are actual project types. Some of them are used only to provide project templates (for C# and VB.NET projects) and others have other purposes. The following table lists known project type Guids.

Note: The Guids are provided all uppercase because the case in the registry doesn't always match the case in the project file.

Project Type Description Project Type Guid
Windows (C#) {FAE04EC0-301F-11D3-BF4B-00C04F79EFBC}
Windows (VB.NET) {F184B08F-C81C-45F6-A57F-5ABD9991F28F}
Windows (Visual C++) {8BC9CEB8-8B4A-11D0-8D11-00A0C91BC942}
Web Application {349C5851-65DF-11DA-9384-00065B846F21}
Web Site {E24C65DC-7377-472B-9ABA-BC803B73C61A}
Distributed System {F135691A-BF7E-435D-8960-F99683D2D49C}
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) {3D9AD99F-2412-4246-B90B-4EAA41C64699}
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) {60DC8134-EBA5-43B8-BCC9-BB4BC16C2548}
Visual Database Tools {C252FEB5-A946-4202-B1D4-9916A0590387}
Database {A9ACE9BB-CECE-4E62-9AA4-C7E7C5BD2124}
Database (other project types) {4F174C21-8C12-11D0-8340-0000F80270F8}
Test {3AC096D0-A1C2-E12C-1390-A8335801FDAB}
Legacy (2003) Smart Device (C#) {20D4826A-C6FA-45DB-90F4-C717570B9F32}
Legacy (2003) Smart Device (VB.NET) {CB4CE8C6-1BDB-4DC7-A4D3-65A1999772F8}
Smart Device (C#) {4D628B5B-2FBC-4AA6-8C16-197242AEB884}
Smart Device (VB.NET) {68B1623D-7FB9-47D8-8664-7ECEA3297D4F}
Workflow (C#) {14822709-B5A1-4724-98CA-57A101D1B079}
Workflow (VB.NET) {D59BE175-2ED0-4C54-BE3D-CDAA9F3214C8}
Deployment Merge Module {06A35CCD-C46D-44D5-987B-CF40FF872267}
Deployment Cab {3EA9E505-35AC-4774-B492-AD1749C4943A}
Deployment Setup {978C614F-708E-4E1A-B201-565925725DBA}
Deployment Smart Device Cab {AB322303-2255-48EF-A496-5904EB18DA55}
Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) {A860303F-1F3F-4691-B57E-529FC101A107}
Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) {BAA0C2D2-18E2-41B9-852F-F413020CAA33}
SharePoint Workflow {F8810EC1-6754-47FC-A15F-DFABD2E3FA90}
XNA (Windows) {6D335F3A-9D43-41b4-9D22-F6F17C4BE596}
XNA (XBox) {2DF5C3F4-5A5F-47a9-8E94-23B4456F55E2}
XNA (Zune) {D399B71A-8929-442a-A9AC-8BEC78BB2433}
SharePoint (VB.NET) {EC05E597-79D4-47f3-ADA0-324C4F7C7484}
SharePoint (C#) {593B0543-81F6-4436-BA1E-4747859CAAE2}
Silverlight {A1591282-1198-4647-A2B1-27E5FF5F6F3B}

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