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I’ve updated my plugins list for JetBrains Rider. You can find the updated list in the post My JetBrains Rider Plugins — July 2024 Edition.

I’ve been using JetBrains Rider for quite some time now.

I started using JetBrains Rider because I used both a Windows PC and a Mac PC and I wanted a consistent experience between the both. JetBrains Rider provided that and now I am hooked.

I thought I’d take some time to blog about the plugins I use to help with my day-to-day coding (mostly in Microsoft .NET and Azure), presenting (public speaking), and blogging (using Jekyll).

All of these plugins can be downloaded from either the JetBrains plugin Marketplace or directly in the IDE.

So here is the list.

General Development

Plugin What it does
.env files support As the name implies, it provides environment variable completion for Dockerfile and docker-compose.yml files
GitHub Copilot GitHub Copilot uses OpenAI Codex to suggest code and entire functions in real-time right from your editor. Note: This plugin is free but requires a paid subscription service
Key Promoter X Let’s you know if there is a keystroke shortcut for any mouse based IDE commands
PowerShell Provides PowerShell intellisense and script execution support for IntelliJ IDEs
Rainbow Brackets Provides colored brackets, parentheses, and lines in the IDE
String Manipulation Case switching, sorting, filtering, incrementing, aligning to columns, grepping, escaping, encoding… Very helpful when working with tabular data
Structured Logging Contains some useful analyzers for structured logging. Supports Serilog, NLog, and Microsoft.Extensions.Logging

Microsoft Specific Development

Plugin What it does
.NET Core User Secrets Provides the ability to create and edit user secrets in .NET projects

Azure Specific Development

Plugin What it does
Application Insights Debug Log Viewer Provides the ability to view Azure Monitor (Application Insights) telemetry in the IDE
Azure DevOps Azure DevOps is a plugin to enable working with Git and TFVC repositories on Azure DevOps Services or Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015+
Azure Toolkit for Rider Rider plugin for integration with Azure cloud services. Allow to create, configure, and deploy .Net Core and .Net Web Apps to Azure from Rider on all supported platforms


Plugin What it does
Presentation Assistant This plugin shows name and Win/Mac shortcuts of any action you invoke
Window Resizer This plugin let you quickly resize windows to any of the following predefined orientations/sizes


Plugin What it does
Grazie Intelligent spelling and grammar checks for any text you write in the IDE
Grazie Professional Enhances the base Grazie plugin with advanced writing assistance for English text in your IDE. Grazie Professional is a result of the latest developments in deep learning and natural language processing

Wrap Up

Like I started out with, these are the plugins I use every day for coding, presenting, and writing.

Do you have a favorite not listed?

Let me know.