.NET Watch Run Configuration

A .NET Watch Run Configuration (dotnet-watch) that can be used in Rider.

dotnet-watch is a .NET global tool that can track file changes during development and restart the target command. This plug-in allows users to utilize the standard features of Rider’s run configuration to add a dotnet-watch quickly to any runnable project. Runnable projects include console applications, ASP.NET Core web apps, and Desktop applications. This plug-in also exposes some of the latest flags from the .NET 6 implementation of dotnet-watch, meaning not all flags are applicable if you use an SDK version before .NET 6.

Features include:

  • Project Selection
  • Target Framework Selection
  • Program Arguments
  • Working Directory
  • Environment Variables editor
  • Use External Console flag
  • Verbosity (--quiet, --verbose, or default)
  • Suppress Hot Reload (only .NET 6)
  • Before Launch options

Plugin built by the JetBrains Developer Advocates.


Plugins Screen

plugins screen in JetBrains Rider


setting dialog

Running In JetBrains Rider

running in JetBrains Rider


  • Using IDE built-in plugin system:

    Settings/Preferences > Plugins > Marketplace > Search for ".NET Watch Run Configuration" >
    Install Plugin

  • Manually:

    Download the latest release and install it manually using
    Settings/Preferences > Plugins > ⚙️ > Install plugin from disk...


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