How Do I Run a Visual Studio Web Server Code?


Scott Campbell

Running a Visual Studio Web Server Code

In this tutorial, we will explore how to run a Visual Studio web server code. The web server code allows you to test and debug your web applications locally before deploying them to a live server. Let’s dive into the steps below:

Step 1: Opening the Project

To start, open your project in Visual Studio. You can either create a new project or open an existing one.

Step 2: Setting the Startup Page

Once your project is open, set the startup page. Right-click on the desired page in your solution explorer and select “Set as Start Page”. This will specify which page should be loaded first when running the web server code.

Step 3: Configuring Debug Settings

Besides setting the startup page, you may want to configure additional debug settings. To do this, right-click on your project in the solution explorer and select “Properties”. In the properties window, navigate to the “Web” tab.

Note: The following settings might vary depending on the version of Visual Studio you are using.

  • Start Action: Select “Specific Page” if you want to specify a particular page to load on startup. Alternatively, choose “Current Page” if you want to load the current active page.
  • Start URL: If you selected “Specific Page” as your start action, enter the URL for that page here.
  • Override Application Root URL: If necessary, specify an alternative root URL for your application. This is useful when working with virtual directories or custom domain names.
  • Enable SSL: Check this option if you want to enable SSL for your local development server.

Step 4: Running the Web Server Code

Now that your project and debug settings are configured, you can run the web server code. To do this, simply click on the “Start Debugging” button or press F5 on your keyboard. Visual Studio will compile your code and launch the web server.

Note: If you have made any changes to your code, Visual Studio will automatically compile those changes before running the web server.

Alternative Method: Running Without Debugging

If you prefer to run the web server code without debugging, you can use the “Start Without Debugging” button or press Ctrl + F5. This method skips any breakpoints and debug-specific functionality.

Step 5: Testing Your Web Application

Once the web server is up and running, open your preferred browser and navigate to the specified URL or localhost address provided by Visual Studio. You should now see your web application in action!


If you encounter any issues while running the web server code, double-check that all necessary dependencies are installed and configured correctly. Additionally, ensure that there are no errors in your code by reviewing error messages in the output window of Visual Studio.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to run a Visual Studio web server code. Now you can test and debug your web applications locally before deploying them to a live server.

Note: Remember to stop the web server when you’re finished testing or debugging by clicking on the “Stop Debugging” button or pressing Shift + F5.

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