Recently, a lot of people have asked for Intellisense support for AngularJS in the Visual Studio HTML editor. The bad news is that there is no extensibility for providing additional HTML attribute Intellisense, so I can’t ship this support in Web Essentials.

The good news is that we can accomplish this through a more manual mechanism.


Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1

Find the file commonHTML5Types.xsd located in the Visual Studio install directory and back it up (just in case). Mine is here:C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\Packages\schemas\html

Step 2

Download this new version of commonHTML5Types.xsd and replace the existing one from the directory in Step 1 with it.

Step 3

Restart Visual Studio and that's it. You now have all the ng-* attributes available in Intellisense. This Works On My Machinetm, so please let me know if it works on yours too.

I still want to add native support in either Visual Studio or Web Essentials, so if this is something you’re interested in, please vote for it here.


Comment by Frank

That doesn't seem to work for me with ReSharper (VS 2012.1). What exactly does the category="Angular" attribute do?


Comment by Jon Galloway

What about putting the Angular attributes in a new angular.xsd and referencing it from commonHTML5Types.xsd using <xsd:import schemaLocation="angular.xsd"/> ? It'd still require an edit to commonHTML5Types.xsd but would work better with any other edits or additions.

Comment by BrainCrumbz

Thanks for sharing! My tiny tiny contribution:

** I like not to have complaints and green squiggles for unknown HTML5 attributes, so I always use the data-ng-* version of angular attributes. Hence I just cloned the xsd:attribute items inside angularJSDirectives.xsd, obtaining name=”data-ng-app”, name=”data-ng-bind”, and so on

** ng-app seems to be listed twice

Comment by nadeemc

Very useful, thank you! Modified to use data-ng-* instead. For this interested in doing the same, open the file in notepad, find-and-replace [i]name="ng-[/i] with [i]name="data-ng-[/i]

Comment by John O&#39;Connor

Thanks Mads, this is a great help! What I'd still like to see though is javascript intellisense for angular. While I can get one or two method names to pop up by adding a script reference to angular.js at the top of my .js file, there's no parameter information and lots of other missing things. What's needed is a vsdoc file with XML comments as has been done for jQuery. Do you know if anyone has any plans to generate such a file for angular?

Comment by David Manske

For Visual Studio 2012 and Resharper < 8, you'll want to navigate to the github repository for resharper-angularjs (https://github.com/JetBrains/resharper-angularjs) and install the bits. If you're using Resharper 8 you can simply open Visual Studio -> Resharper Toolbar -> Extension Manager, then in the Online Extensions you'll find an AngularJS extension. However, you'll notice in Visual Studio 2013 that these elements don't show collapsed, ng-...,