Install and set up JetBrains Rider
Download and install JetBrains Rider
To install JetBrains Rider
Download JetBrains Rider for your operating system.
- Do the following depending on your operating system:
- Windows installation:
*.exefile you've downloaded.
Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
- macOS installation:
.dmgpackage that you've downloaded, and drag JetBrains Rider to the Applications folder.
- Linux installation:
- Unpack the
-*.tar.gzfile to a different folder, if your current
Downloadfolder doesn't support file execution:tar xfz -*.tar.gz -C <new_archive_folder>
The recommended installation location according to the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS) is
/opt. To install JetBrains Rider into this directory, enter the following command:sudo tar xfz -*.tar.gz -C /opt/
Switch to the
binsubdirectory:cd <new archive folder>/-*/binFor example,cd /opt/-*/bin
Run from the
- Unpack the
- Windows installation:
Run JetBrains Rider for the first time
Import JetBrains Rider settings
When you start JetBrains Rider for the first time, or after you have upgraded it from a previous version, the Complete Installation dialog opens where you can select whether you want to import the IDE settings:
If this is your first instance of JetBrains Rider, choose the Do not import settings option.
Register JetBrains Rider
To try and evaluate JetBrains Rider, you can download and install its trial version for free. The trial version is available for 30 days, whereupon you need to obtain and register a license.
Select how you want to register JetBrains Rider:
Activation code: select this option if you have an activation code for JetBrains Rider, and paste it to the text area.
License server: select this option to register JetBrains Rider through the License Server web application that allows you to manage floating licenses and issue licenses to users who do not have direct internet access.
You can change your selection later on by going to Help | Register from the main menu.
Customize your JetBrains Rider environment
Follow the Customize JetBrains Rider wizard steps to configure your working environment to your liking, or skip these steps and keep default settings by pressing a corresponding button. In any case you'll be able to change the setting later.
Select the user interface theme. You can choose between the default light theme and the Darcula theme.
Choose the editor color schemes you feel more comfortable with:
ReSharper Light — a default ReSharper scheme
Visual Studio light — a Visual Studio alike scheme
Default — an IntelliJ IDEA alike scheme
Choose the keymap (the shortcuts scheme):
Visual Studio keymap — a Visual Studio alike scheme
ReSharper keymap — similar to the "IntelliJ IDEA" scheme in ReSharper
Rider keymap — an IntelliJ IDEA alike scheme
Disable unnecessary default plugins.
JetBrains Rider is shipped with a variety of plugins that provide integration with different version control systems and application servers, add support for various frameworks and development technologies, etc.
You can disable the plugins you do not need to increase JetBrains Rider performance. If necessary, you can re-enable them later in the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S) under Plugins.
Click the Disable All link for each group of plugins to disable them all, or Customize to disable individual plugins.
Get additional plugins.
Download and install additional plugins (that are not bundled with the IDE) from the JetBrains Rider plugins repository:
Start a project in JetBrains Rider
After you have completed initial JetBrains Rider configuration, the Welcome screen will be displayed. It allows you to:
Update JetBrains Rider
Download the latest version of JetBrains Rider.
Launch the setup as described in Download and install JetBrains Rider.
Choose whether you want to uninstall the existing JetBrains Rider version together with its settings, caches and local history and follow the instructions of the installation wizard.
Manage JetBrains Rider through Toolbox App
Toolbox App is a control panel that allows you to manage all JetBrains developer tools, including JetBrains Rider, as well as your projects, from a single point of access. It lets you launch the IDEs, maintain different versions of the same tool, install updates and roll them back if needed. It also remembers your JetBrains Account and uses it to automatically log you in when you install and register new tools.
Launch the setup file.
Now you can manage existing tools, install new tools, and download updates:
Perform silent installation on Windows
Silent installation is performed without any user interface. It can be used by network administrators to install JetBrains Rider on a number of machines and avoid interrupting other users.
To perform silent install, run the installer with the following switches:
/S: Enable silent install
/D: Specify the path to the installation directory
/CONFIG: Specify the path to the silent configuration file
Silent configuration file
You can download the silent configuration file for JetBrains Rider at https://download.jetbrains.com/rider/silent.config
The silent configuration file defines options for installing JetBrains Rider. With default options, silent installation is performed only for the current user (
mode=user). If you want to install JetBrains Rider for all users, open the silent configuration file with a text editor, change the value of the installation mode option (
mode=admin) and run the installer as an administrator.
Uninstall JetBrains Rider silently
To silently uninstall JetBrains Rider, run the uninstaller with the
/S switch as an administrator. The uninstaller is located in the installation directory under bin.
cmd (Windows Command Prompt) as administrator, change to the JetBrains Rider installation directory, and run the following:
Install JetBrains Rider as a snap package on Linux
You can install JetBrains Rider on Linux as a self-contained snap package. Since snaps update automatically, your JetBrains Rider installation will always be up-to-date.
JetBrains Rider is distributed via two channels:
The stable channel includes only stable versions. To install the latest stable release of JetBrains Rider, run the following command:$ sudo snap install rider --classic
The edge channel includes EAP builds. To install the latest EAP build of JetBrains Rider, run the following command:$ sudo snap install rider --classic --edge
When the snap is installed, you can launch it by running the
To list all installed snaps, run
sudo snap list. For more information, see the Snapcraft documentation.