NAnt and MSBuild Scripts Editing

On-the-fly Error Highlighting

ReSharper analyses your build scripts on the fly — while you type — and highlights unknown properties, targets, tasks, and attributes. Status indicator and navigation between errors are available in build scripts as well.

Error Highlighting


In build script files, ReSharper offers quick-fixes for unknown properties, targets, tasks, and their attributes. Quick-fixes are represented by the red light bulb Error Bulb that appears automatically to the left of the code line containing the error when you position the caret on the error.


Code Completion

ReSharper lets you complete names of properties, targets, tasks, and attributes that are available within the current scope.
Code Completion

XML Editing

All editing and assistance features provided for XML are available in build scripts as well. They include Import Symbol Completion and highlighting.

Navigation & Search

ReSharper assists you in build scripts and navigation in a number of ways. Specifically, you can:

  • Go to declaration of tasks, targets and properties from reference.
  • Find usages.
  • Navigate between usages.
  • Highlight usages.


When you rename a property or target with ReSharper's Rename refactoring, all its references, as well as usages in comments and strings are automatically updated to reflect the change. Just press Ctrl+R, R on a symbol to rename it.

When you invoke the Safe Delete refactoring on a target or a property in a build file, ReSharper performs all necessary validations and operations to remove selected symbol. ReSharper can also remove any conflicting references for you. Just press Ctrl+R, D on a symbol for safe deletion.

File Structure

With the File Structure window, you can see what properties and targets the current build script contains.

Note on shortcuts

All keyboard shortcuts provided in the "Features" section are taken from 'Visual Studio' keyboard scheme. For details on ReSharper's two default keymaps, see Documentation and Demos.