Setting up Sitecore Rocks

14 Nov 2017 - Aaron Yarborough

Sitecore Rocks integrates directly with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 and gives developers a fast, streamlined development experience by letting them use the tools that they are familiar with. This will increase productivity and lower the incidence of bugs.


  • Sitecore Explorer: View the content tree for multiple websites and multiple databases. Delete, edit, or drag and drop multiple items simultaneously.

  • Item Editor: Edit the content of Sitecore items directly inside Microsoft Visual Studio - no need to open a web browser. The Item Editor supports multi-edit so that multiple items can be updated in a single operation.

  • Sitecore Query Analyzer: scripting CRUD.

  • Log Viewer: Keep track of what is happening on a Sitecore website with a running log.

  • Job Viewer: See which jobs are running in the background on a Sitecore website.

  • Layout Designer: Use drag and drop to setup presentation for multiple devices.

  • Template Designer: Quick and easy configuration of data templates.

  • Search: Fully integrated Sitecore search.

  • Media Library: Query-based media library. Upload new media using drag and drop.

  • Link Viewer: Quickly locate referrers and references.

  • Sitecore Project Management: Connect a Visual Studio project to a Sitecore website and create Sitecore items from aspx, ascx and xsl files with a few clicks. Track file operations (duplicate, copy, move, rename) and update the Sitecore items automatically.

  • Site Validation: Validate your site against more than 70 rules.

- _From the_ VS Marketplace page

Getting setup


You can download the Sitecore Rocks VS extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace here:

Once downloaded, run the executable to launch the add-on installer.

Select a VS instance to install to

You can choose to install the add-on to one or multiple instances (versions) of Visual Studio

Launch VS

Once VS has launched, you’ll see a new menu item for Sitecore on the main menu. Click it, and Choose “New Connection…”

Enter instance configuration

Enter config details relating to the Sitecore instance you wish to connect to.

  1. Host name - Is the host name you specified when installing Sitecore. This is the same as the host name specified in IIS.

  2. Username and Password - The default username for sitecore is sitecore\admin, and the default password is b

  3. Data Provider - It is recommended that you choose “Hard Rock Web Service”. Sitecore Rocks will mostly work with “Good Old Web Service”, however some information (such as template info) will not be available.

If you have chosen to use Hard Rock Web Service but it is not already installed, you will be prompted to install it. After this, you will be able to continue with the setup process.

Click OK.

Once you have clicked OK (and a connection to your Sitecore instance can be successfully established…), the setup window will disappear indicating the setup process was successful.

Open the Sitecore Rocks Explorer

Via the main menu bar.

Which will then open the explorer window.


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