Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Visual Studio Code Integration Overview

The Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Productivity Tools is an extension for Visual Studio Code that enhances the application development experience with Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core.

As its primary advantage, the VS Code extension facilitates the creation of projects through a wizard directly in Visual Studio Code.

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Get Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Productivity Tools

You can get the extension:

  • from the Visual Studio Marketplace

  • by opening the Extensions tab in Visual Studio Code, then searching for Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Productivity Tools and clicking Install

Create a Telerik Project

To create a Telerik-enabled ASP.NET Core project:

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+P in Windows/Linux or Cmd+Shift+P on Mac to open the VSCode extension launcher.

  2. Type/Select Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Productivity Tools: Launch and press Enter to launch the extension.

  3. Enter a project name and select the location.

  4. Choose whether to start from a Blank project or use the Admin Dashboard template as a base.

    UI for ASP.NET Core choose Telerik project name and location

Blank Project

The Blank Project has the package references and the client-side resources loaded in the _Layout.cshtml. It also features the expected JSON serialization configuration in the Startup.cs file.

Additionally, you can include multiple Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core components into your project (for example, the Grid, Chart, and Form).

UI for ASP.NET Core blank project pages

Admin Dashboard

The Admin Dashboard is a is a Razor Pages template configured with TagHelpers. It features:


License Type

Select the type of your Telerik license (trial or commercial, depending on what you have).

UI for ASP.NET Core choose Telerik license

Target Framework

The wizard allows you to select the desired ASP.NET Core version.

UI for ASP.NET Core choose target framework


The Built-in themes option enables you to add styling to your application by selecting one of the Sass-Based themes (Default, Bootstrap or Material) and pick from a variety of swatches that come with each theme. When you make your choice, the wizard will add to the _Layout.cshtml only these files that are required by the selected theme.

UI for ASP.NET Core Theme options

Run the Project

After configuring the settings of the project, click Create Project to start creating the new UI for ASP.NET Core application.

To run the project:

  1. Open the terminal and navigate to the project folder.
  2. Execute dotnet run and navigate your browser to the link you see in the console output.

Alternatively, you can open the solution file with Visual Studio and build the application. Once the NuGet packages get restored and the build passes, you will have your Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core project up and running.


If the extension does not work right (missing pages, does not start, etc.), you can try the following to clean up cache files and get it working again:

  1. Uninstall the extension from VS Code.
  2. Go to the extensions templates cache folder and delete the CoreT folder - this is where cache for the Telerik extensions are kept:
    • on Windows, open %localappdata%
    • on Mac, open /Users/[user_name]/.local/share/
  3. Install the extension again.

If you see Response status code does not indicate success: 401 (Logon failed.)., then the Nuget.Config file in %APPDATA%\NuGet may contain invalid credentials or keys. For more information check the Nuget Install article or Nuget Setup with CLI article

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