JetBrains Rider 2019.2 Help

Install and set up JetBrains Rider

Download and install JetBrains Rider

To install JetBrains Rider

  1. Download JetBrains Rider for your operating system.

  2. Do the following depending on your operating system:

    • Windows installation:
      1. Run the .exe file you've downloaded.

      2. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.

    • macOS installation:
      1. Open the .dmg package that you've downloaded, and drag JetBrains Rider to the Applications folder.

    • Linux installation:
      1. Unpack the %prod%-*.tar.gz file to a different folder, if your current Download folder doesn't support file execution:
        tar xfz %prod%-*.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 %prod%-*.tar.gz -C /opt/
      2. Switch to the bin subdirectory:

        cd <new archive folder>/%prod%-*/bin
        For example,
        cd /opt/%prod%-*/bin

      3. Run from the bin subdirectory.

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:

  • JetBrains Account: select this option if you have a JetBrains Account that allows you to access your purchases and manage licenses (see What is JetBrains Account? to learn more).

  • 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.

  1. Select the user interface theme. You can choose between the default light theme and the Darcula theme.

  2. 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

  3. 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

    See the keymaps comparison table for Windows/Linux and macOS.

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

Welcome to Rider

Update JetBrains Rider

  1. Download the latest version of JetBrains Rider.

  2. Launch the setup as described in Download and install JetBrains Rider.

  3. 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.

  1. Download Toolbox App.

  2. Launch the setup file.

  3. When the installation is complete, accept the JetBrains privacy policy and sign in to your JetBrains Account.

Now you can manage existing tools, install new tools, and download updates:

JetBrains Rider in the Toolbox app

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

  • /LOG: (Optional) Use this switch to enable logging of issues during the installation process. You need to specify log file path and name.

For example:

rider64.exe /S /CONFIG=d:\temp\silent.config /LOG=d:\JetBrains\logs\install.log /D=d:\IDE\Rider

Silent configuration file

You can download the silent configuration file for JetBrains Rider at

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.

Run cmd (Windows Command Prompt) as administrator, change to the JetBrains Rider installation directory, and run the following:

bin\uninstall.exe /S

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 rider command.

To list all installed snaps, run sudo snap list. For more information, see the Snapcraft documentation.

Last modified: 18 October 2019