A Visual Studio extension that provides enhanced support for editing High Level Shading Language (HLSL) files.
See the changelog for changes and roadmap.
Why use HLSL Tools?
Since Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio has shipped with basic support for editing HLSL files. In addition to that basic feature set, HLSL Tools includes many more navigational and editing features:
There are more features on the roadmap.
Just start typing, and HLSL Tools will show you a list of the available symbols (variables, functions, etc.) at that location. You can manually trigger this with the usual shortcuts:
Signature help (a.k.a. parameter info) shows you all the overloads for a function call, along with information (from MSDN) about the function, its parameters, and return types. Typing an open parenthesis will trigger statement completion, as will the standard
Placing the cursor within a symbol (local variable, function name, etc.) will cause all references to that symbol to be highlighted. Navigate between references using
HLSL Tools supports Visual Studio's Navigate To feature. Activate it with
HLSL Tools shows you syntax and semantic errors immediately. No need to wait till compilation! Errors are shown as squigglies and in the error list.
Go to definition
Press F12 to go to a symbol definition. Go to definition works for variables, fields, functions, classes, macros, and more.
Hover over almost anything (variable, field, function call, macro, semantic, type, etc.) to see a Quick Info tooltip.
HLSL Tools evaluates preprocessor directives as it parses your code, and grays out excluded code. If you want to make a code block visible to, or hidden from, HLSL Tools, use the
Configure HLSL-specific IntelliSense and formatting options. If you really want to, you can disable IntelliSense altogether and just use HLSL Tools' other features. You can also set HLSL-specific highlighting colours in Tools > Options > Environment > Fonts and Colors.