Installing Chirpy for VS2011

Chirpy is great, it combine, minifies and validates our JavaScript, stylesheet  and dotless files. It also auto-updates T4 and T4MVC templates. One problem though is getting to install chirpy didn’t work out smoothly with the Nuget install command.

The below was the steps taken for a successful installation:

  1. First get Chocolatey by using the following command from your command prompt
@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))";

for alternate options to install Chocolatey please refer to their Chocolatey wiki page on installation.

  1. Install Chirpy through Chocolatey
cinst ChirpyVSI
  1. Once Chirpy has completed installation, by default it wouldn’t be available for VS2011. So, we would need to copy the AddIn and the related dll files from

[My Documents]\Visual Studio 2010\Addins


[My Documents]\Visual Studio 11\AddIns

  1. Finally, edit Zippy.AddIn in a text editor and change value of the node Version to 11.0

  2. Finally make sure the AddIn is enabled in your Visual Studio AddIn Manager and you are all set to use Chirpy to the fullest.

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