Project Types

In Visual Studio, projects are the containers that developers use to organize source code files and other resources that appear in Solution Explorer.

  • Typically, projects are files, for example, a .csproj file for a Visual C# project, that store references to source code files and resources like bitmap files.

  • Projects let you organize, build, debug, and deploy source code, references to Web services and databases, and other resources.

  • Visual Studio includes several project types for languages such as C#, Visual Basic, etc.

Visual Studio comes with many project templates to create the necessary code and files to start developing applications. The following are the most commonly used project types.

Project Type



A Console application is a program designed to be used via a text-only computer interface, such as a text terminal, the command line interface, etc.


The Model-View-Controller (MVC) is an architectural pattern that separates an application into three main logical components: the model, the view, and the controller. Each of these components is built to handle specific development aspects of an application.


A Windows Forms application is an event-driven application supported by Microsoft's .NET Framework. Unlike a batch program, it spends most of its time simply waiting for the user to do something, such as fill in a text box or click a button.


Xamarin.Forms is an open-source mobile UI framework from Microsoft for building iOS, Android, & Windows apps with .NET from a single shared codebase.


Blazor is a free and open-source web framework that enables developers to create web apps using C# and HTML.