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Development Tools

What tools do we recommend to build your app with Orchard Core, or work on Orchard itself? In the end, this is up to your personal preference since as long as you can edit source files and build the app you can use any tool on any platform that .NET Core supports. Below are some tips to get you going for the general editing experience as well as for other useful tools.

Editors and IDEs


  • DB Browser for SQLite is a free and open-source tool to browse the SQLite database files created by Orchard. You can use it to open the yessql.db files under the tenant folders in App_Data/Sites and e.g. browse the tables, run queries, display the JSON documents in a nicely formatted way.
  • smtp4dev is a small SMTP server that you can run locally to test sending emails. Just install it via dotnet and configure Orchard to use it as an SMTP server. It even features a web interface where you can browse processed emails.