Develop, build, debug and deploy native applications for Android, the world's most popular operating system, using Microsoft Visual Studio, the world’s most popular integrated development environment.

Includes technology developed by Mentor Embedded

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Tegra®, Visual Studio Edition brings the raw development power and efficiency of Microsoft Visual Studio to Android, giving you the right tools for the job. Flexible project management, accelerated compilation and integrated debugging, no need to massage makefiles and shell scripts, no voodoo magic or arcane incantations required.

Android Native Development + Microsoft Visual Studio

"Epic’s use of Nsight Tegra has been crucial for the efficient development of Unreal Engine 4’s Android features. We’re delighted to see CodeWorks for Android extend support beyond Tegra so Unreal Engine developers can remain in their favorite authoring tools during all development scenarios. NVIDIA’s tool advancements are refining Android to a level matching game console development."

Niklas Smedberg, Senior Graphics Programmer at Epic Games

"Nsight Tegra Visual Studio Edition is our favorite tool for Android development. It enables our developers to stay in a single environment and focus on the speed, performance, and fun rather than toolchains, makefiles, and headaches. We've used it for years."

Thomas Williamson, CEO, War Drum Studios LLC

"Porting a Playstation 4 game to Android with GDB and printf debugging was painful, but I nearly pooped myself with excitement there when I first saw NVIDIA Nsight Tegra natively build and debug in Visual Studio just like when the game was originally developed!"

David Grayson, Sr Software Engineer, Zombie Studios

Download the latest version of NVIDIA Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition in CodeWorks for Android. Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition is offered free of charge, but requires NVIDIA GameWorks™ Registered Developer Program membership.

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Standalone Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition downloads are also available at NVIDIA GameWorks™ Download Center

Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition

Release (3.4)

Release Highlights

  • Support for Android NDK64 r12b
  • Various performance improvements and bug fixes. See documentation for details.
  • Support for multiple Java sources/classes paths for debugging.

Highlights for previous releases can be found here.


Android Visual Studio Projects

  • Import existing Android projects into Visual Studio.
  • Manage native Android projects natively in Visual Studio.
  • Build native Android projects in Visual Studio using vs-android, ndk-build or makefiles.
  • Per-project and per-file parallel compilation.

Android Debugging

  • Multi-core native Android GDB debugging.
  • Seamlessly debug Java and native C/C++ code.
  • Use the familiar Visual Studio Locals, Watches, Memory and Thread windows.
  • Android-specific debugging features (such as logcat) integrated into Visual Studio.

IncrediBuild Integration

  • IncrediBuild 5.5 and higher support allowing distributed builds (From Nsight Tegra v1.6 onwards).

Walkthrough Video

System Requirements

  • Full Android ABI support (ARM v7, ARM v8, x86, x64), supporting devices such as:
    • Galaxy Tab S T800 (Android 4.4.2, ARM)
    • Nexus 7 2013 (Android 5.1.1, ARM)
    • Nexus 6 (Android 5.1 , ARM)
    • NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Android TV Support
    • NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Tablet Support
    • NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Portable Support
    • Google Project Tango Tablet Development Kit Tools Support
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Professional or Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Professional or Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional, SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich+)

Developer Webinars

Instructional Videos and Webinars can be found here.