Do I need to Install Silverlight Tools if I Install Visual Studio 2012?

This is a common question “Do I need to install Silverlight Tools separately if I install Visual Studio 2012?” few people asked me online/offline. That’s why I came with this blog post.


If you are seeking for the information on the same topic, this post will tell you whether you need to install Silverlight separately and if it already comes with Silverlight, what are the versions that it supports. Continue reading and share to those who might find it useful.


Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (version 11.x) now comes with Silverlight 5 preinstalled. If you are a Silverlight developer and already installed Visual Studio 2010 SP1, you might noticed that it comes with Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4. Now Visual Studio 2012 RC and it’s future release version comes with Silverlight 5.


If you create a new Silverlight based application using Visual Studio 2012, you will notice that it comes preselected as “Silverlight 5”. Have a look into the below screenshot:


Silverlight 5 comes with Visual Studio 2012


If you click the dropdown, you will notice that the Visual Studio 2012 removed the targeted Silverlight 3 runtime and only supports Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5. That means you can’t develop Silverlight 3 applications using it.


Check out the below screenshot:


Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5 comes with Visual Studio 2012


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  1. Very nice article, small correction VS2012 SP1??????

  2. Hi Kiran,

    Thanks for letting me know. Fixed the mistake. Thank you once again.

  3. Very nice article.

    We can develop Silverlight 3 projects in Visual Studio 2010 - Silverlight projects. and Silverlight 4 and 5 apps using VS2012.. :-)

  4. Hi Nithin,

    You can use Visual Studio 2010 to develop both Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5 applications but using Visual Studio 2012 you can develop only Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5 applications.

  5. Hi. I'm a bit confused about Silverlight. As far as I know, I need it only for watching content on Netflix. But the most successful solution to a problem I'm having seems to be, "Uninstall the Silverlight program you got through Netflix, and download it from Microsoft directly."

    Well, that's great... but all I see in Microsoft's list of Silverlight products are developer tools. I don't WANT to develop it, I only want to use it for Netflix. And on top of that I don't even know what "it" IS lol... What am I missing?

    Thanks in advance :)

  6. Do I need to install any Silvelight Plugins for doing automation using VSTS 2012.?????? plz reply soon


  7. Hi Anupma,

    Make sure that, you have the Silverlight runtime installed.

  8. Thanks for the article Kunal. still have a query...
    Does having SilverLight tools pre-installed in VS 2012 mean that:
    1. RIA Services SP2
    2. Silverlight Developer Runtime OR
    3. Silverlight 5 SDK
    are already installed ?


  9. No, you don't have to install them separately. It installs Silverlight 5 SDK, Runtime and all. In case you need to use Toolkit, you have to install that separately.

  10. I have installed Silverlight_5_Toolkit_December_2011.msi onto my system, and am running Visual Studio 2012.

    For a Silverlight 5 project I am trying to load, I am getting an error message for this line:

    I understand that I need to install this file: Silverlight5_Tools.exe to resolve the issue, but it states that it needs VS 2010 SP1 installed.

    What can I do get past the error encountered on the import statement listed above?

  11. Shortly after posing my question, I was able to get my Silverlight project to load.

    The answer is to change these lines in the MyProject.csproj file from:

    lt TargetFrameworkIdentifier gt Silverlight lt /TargetFrameworkIdentifier gt
    lt TargetFrameworkVersion gt v4.0 lt TargetFrameworkVersion gt


    lt TargetFrameworkIdentifier gt Silverlight lt /TargetFrameworkIdentifier gt
    lt TargetFrameworkVersion gt v5.0 lt /TargetFrameworkVersion gt

  12. So Good Fine Visual Studio 2012 come with sliverlight 5


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