How Do I Create a Visual Studio Web Server Code?


Angela Bailey

Creating a Visual Studio Web Server Code

Visual Studio is a powerful integrated development environment (IDE) that allows developers to create various types of applications, including web applications. If you are working on a web project and need to set up a local web server for testing or debugging purposes, Visual Studio provides a built-in web server called the Development Server or Web Server Code. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create and configure the Visual Studio Web Server Code.

Step 1: Create a New Project

To begin, open Visual Studio and create a new web project. Go to File > New > Project and select the desired web project template, such as ASP.NET Web Application or ASP.NET Core Web Application. Choose a suitable name and location for your project, then click Create to proceed.

Step 2: Configure the Web Server Code

Once the project is created, right-click on the project in the Solution Explorer window and select Properties. In the properties window, navigate to the Web tab. Here you will find various configuration options related to your web application.

Selecting the Web Server

Under the Servers section, you can choose between different web servers for your application. The options typically include IIS Express, Kestrel, and Web Server (IIS). For our purposes, we will focus on using IIS Express as it is lightweight and suitable for local development.

Selecting Start Action

In this section, you can specify what action should be performed when running your application. By default, it is set to IIS Express, which means the web server code will be executed when you run your project. However, you can also choose to start a specific page or URL if needed.

Setting Project URL

Under the Project Url section, you can specify the URL at which your web application will be hosted. By default, Visual Studio assigns a dynamic port number, but you can change it to a specific port if required.

Step 3: Running the Web Server Code

With the configuration in place, you are now ready to run the Visual Studio Web Server Code. Simply press F5 or click on the Start Debugging button in the toolbar. Visual Studio will build your project and launch the web server.

A new instance of your default browser will open automatically, pointing to the specified Project Url. You can now interact with your web application and test its functionality. Any changes made to your code will be automatically reflected by restarting the web server.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to create and configure the Visual Studio Web Server Code for testing and debugging web applications. By following these steps, you can easily set up a local development environment and streamline your web development workflow.

If you encounter any issues or have further questions, feel free to consult the official Microsoft documentation or seek assistance from developer communities online.

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