How to display missing ASP.NET MVC 1.0 VS Project Templates in Visual Studio 2008?

Visual Studio 2008 is not picking up the MVC 1.0 project templates. The MVC 1.0 release is installed on my system along with .NET 3.5 SP1 (pre-reqs).

I can't find MVC templates in the VS App's disk folders. The folders I'm searching are:

VS 2008 (9.0) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\, subdirectory siblings: ProjectTemplates/, ProjectTemplatesCache/ and Templates/

  • Note: all templates shown in VS New Project dialog are found in here

How do I find the project template and register it for Visual Studio, or is there a workaround?

For reference, my other VS installs DO have the MVC templates...

I have multiple version of VS installed including Express, 2005 Professional and 2008 Team. I'm only concerned about 2008 missing the MVC templates.

VS 2005 (8.0) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE\VSTA\ItemTemplates\

  • no MVC templates in here - good

VS Other C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio

  • no templates here - good


After following accepted the links of the answer below, my MVC project templates appear as shown alt text


This one might be helpful -

can you check this one as well - (<< WORD doc download)

(John K/Feb 2012) I've inlined some parts of external answers referenced by the above links for context here. Visit the links for full context.

GarlandGreene Member 128 Points 25 Posts Re: MVC templates in Visual Studio Professional Edition 2008 Feb 12, 2009 04:24 PM|LINK

you have to install the ASP.Net MVC Framework Release Candidate, the framework and the templates are not delivered with VS 2008. You can download the Release Candidate from here:

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