Develop native applications for the world's most popular mobile platform, using the world’s most popular integrated development environment on the world's first mobile super processor.

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

"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

"NVIDIA's Tegra Android Development Pack (TADP) and Nsight Tegra Visual Studio Edition enable a turnkey Unreal Engine 4 development environment for Android. These tools simplify installation of an Android development environment, and ensure that Visual Studio building and debugging of UE4 and NDK is completely seamless."

Epic Games on Tegra Android Development Pack and Nsight Tegra

"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 the Tegra Android Development Pack. 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

Release (2.1)

Release Highlights

  • Added support for Android 5.1 (API 22) and NDK r10d.
  • Added an experimental Fast Deploy mechanism that only updates the native libraries on the device. This makes the modify-build-debug cycle shorter, since building and installing an APK is no longer needed if non-native parts of the application have not been changed. This feature will only work for projects built with Nsight Tegra, Visual Studio Edition.
  • GDB messages are now propagated into the GUI.
  • Process architecture is now automatically determined during the debug launching. Setting the Target Architecture for External Build System projects manually is no longer needed.
  • Support for x86 and x64 building and debugging.
    • Officially supported devices are only AVDs (Android Virtual Devices), though other hardware are not prohibited. Virtual devices are still subject to NVIDIA Tegra SOC device debugging ratios.
  • Support for all-new NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV console, Google Nexus 9, NVIDIA SHIELD tablet, Xiaomi MiPad, Tegra K1 32-bit, Tegra K1 64-bit and Tegra X1 64-bit devices.
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements

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 Tegra 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 support allowing distributed builds (From Nsight Tegra v1.6 onwards).

Walk through Video

System Requirements

  • All Tegra devices supported (root access not required)
  • 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.