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How to use PTVS in Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop?

May 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I am running 'Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop' version '12.0.21005.1 REL'. Python is not listed in File > New projects > Templates.

Can I use PTVS with this edition of Visual Studio?

If I need an update, where would I get it from?

Best regards

May 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM
You can get update 2 from the bottom of the downloads page at and you'll need PTVS 2.1 Beta (Express support is a very new feature - if you want to use PTVS 2.0, look at our install documentation for info on getting VS Shells).
Marked as answer by DavidA2014 on 5/22/2014 at 7:16 AM
May 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM
Thanks for your help. It looks a great tool and I am pleased that it now supports the Express edition.

Best regards

May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Thanks for the question and answer. I had the same problem. I followed the steps above. everything works fine except django. I don't find django project. What can I do???

Best regards,
May 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM
You need Express for Web to use Django. We rely on a dependency that is not included in Express for Desktop, so we can't make it available in both.