With the rise of .NET Core and embedded devices such as the Rasperry Pi, I find it frustrating that Microsoft have not added support for remote debugger so that you can quickly deploy and debug your code on the Pi directly. You can do this with a bit of effort using VsCode, however, I do not find VsCode good enough yet for using in a professional environment and especially with large solutions.

Therefore, I developed an extension for Visual Studio 2019 that fills the gap. You can download it from here

Make sure you have public key authentification set up with your remote system and that your private key on your local machine is in ~\.ssh\id_rsa and on your local machine ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Then, once the extension is installed, in VS 2019 go to Tools -> Settings -> VsRemoteDebugger and configure your Raspberry Pi IP address, username and remote output directory.

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Open a C# solution and click on Tools -> Start Remote Debugging

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Patience! When it’s running for the first time, the extension is trying to setup the debugging server on the remote machine and visual feedback is not great - depending on your internet connection it might take up to one minute to get everything set up correctly.

Source code: https://github.com/radutomy/VSRemoteDebugger