dotTrace 2024.1 Help

Run dotTrace

Depending on your needs, you can work with dotTrace in several ways:

Standalone application

You run dotTrace as a standalone application installed in your operating system. We strongly recommend that you use JetBrains Toolbox to install and launch dotTrace.

dotTrace command-line tool

You run dotTrace as a command-line tool.

dotTrace integrated in Microsoft Visual Studio

You run profiling using the options provided by the dotTrace plugin in Visual Studio.

dotTrace in Visual Studio

The main component of dotTrace integrated in Visual Studio is the Performance Profiler tool window which can be opened in the ReSharper | Profile | Open Performance Profiler menu.

dotTrace integrated in JetBrains Rider

Out of scope of this documentation.

You run profiling using the options provided by the dotTrace plugin in JetBrains Rider.

The following table summarizes the pros and cons of each way.


in Visual Studio

Command-Line Tool


Recommended if you do not have application's source code or you do not want to start an IDE to perform profiling

Recommended if you want to profile an existing project running under Visual Studio

Recommended if you want to perform profiling on a remote server or automate the profiling process


Windows, Linux, macOS


Windows, Linux, macOS

How to Run Profiling

Using the dotTrace Home window

Using the ReSharper | Profile menu in Visual Studio

Using the dotTrace.exe/ command-line tool

Local Profiling



Additionally, profiling of run configurations is supported. For example, you are able to profile any static method in your code


Only profiling of standalone applications and already running .NET processes is supported

Controlling Profiling Session

Continuous Integration Support




The dotTrace plugin to TeamCity is available

Last modified: 11 February 2024