PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator
Community Edition User Guide


Dotfuscator Community Edition (Dotfuscator CE) is included for free with Microsoft Visual Studio.
This page details how to obtain Dotfuscator CE so that you can begin protecting your application.

Note: In addition to the versions of Dotfuscator CE shipped with releases of Visual Studio, PreEmptive Solutions also periodically provides updated versions on its website. If you want to download the latest version directly instead of installing from Visual Studio, click here to go to the Dotfuscator Downloads page.

Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2017 introduces a new low-impact installation experience. As a result, Dotfuscator CE is not installed by default. However, it is easy to install Dotfuscator CE even if you have already installed Visual Studio.

Within Visual Studio

You can install Dotfuscator CE from the Visual Studio IDE:

  1. In the Quick Launch (Ctrl+Q) search bar, type dotfuscator.

  2. In the Quick Launch results shown, under the Install heading, select PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator (Individual Component).

    • If you instead see, under the Menus heading, Tools → PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator, then Dotfuscator CE is already installed. Select that option to get started.
  3. A Visual Studio Installer window will launch, pre-configured with to install Dotfuscator CE.

    • You may be required to provide administrator credentials to continue.
  4. Close all instances of the Visual Studio IDE.

  5. In the Visual Studio Installer window, click Install.

Once the installation is complete, you can start using Dotfuscator CE.

During Visual Studio Installation

If you have not yet installed Visual Studio 2017, you can obtain the installer from the Visual Studio website. When run, it will display installation options for the selected Visual Studio edition.

You can then install Dotfuscator CE as an individual component of Visual Studio 2017:

  1. Select the Individual components tab.

  2. Under Code tools, check the PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator item.

  3. The Summary panel displays PreEmptive Protection - Dotfuscator under the Individual Components section.

  4. Configure any further installation settings as appropriate for your environment.

  5. When ready to install Visual Studio, click the Install button.

Once the installation is complete, you can start using Dotfuscator CE.

Visual Studio 2015

Dotfuscator CE is installed with every edition of Visual Studio 2015 automatically.
After installing Visual Studio 2015, you can start using Dotfuscator CE.

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