Visual Studio with ReSharper is slow

We do our best in terms of ReSharper performance, however there are some known and unknown cases where ReSharper can slow down Visual Studio.

Here are some key points to troubleshoot and fix the performance issues with ReSharper.

  1. Hardware. Though the recommended hardware is Dual-Core CPU and 4 Gb RAM, this configuration can be a bottleneck when working with ReSharper on a big-sized solutions. Adding more RAM and using a Solid State Drive (SSD) instead of HDD can help a lot.
  2. OS. ReSharper is operating with memory a lot, so we recommend to use modern x64 OS, like Windows 7 x64 and Windows 8 x64. Old operation systems, like Windows XP, are known to be a cause of the poor performance.
  3. Visual Studio configuration. ReSharper may conflict with the other Visual Studio addins and extensions - in case of slowdowns, please try to disable the other addins one-by-one and check if it helps to speed up VS with ReSharper. Here are some examples of known compatibility issues with other addins:
    • Productivity Power Tools
    • VSCommands
    Also, you may try turning off the following options under "Tools | Options | Environment | General":
    • Automatically adjust visual experience based on client performance
    • Use hardware graphics acceleration if available
  4. ReSharper configuration. Though ReSharper provides quite a few powerful and useful features, some of them can be tweaked or turned off in terms of improving the speed. Here are some examples:
    • Turn off Solution Wide Analysis (SWA) in "ReSharper | Options | Code Inspection | Settings", 'Analyze errors in whole solution' checkbox
    • Switch back to Visual Studio IntelliSense in "ReSharper | Options | Environment | IntelliSense | General" dialog
    • Clearing caches for current solution in "ReSharper | Options | Environment | General" dialog
  5. Verifying that slowdown is caused by ReSharper. To do that, simply suspend ReSharper as described here and check if performance issues are still present.
  6. Trying other suggestions. Almost all known scenarios and steps to speed up Visual Studio with ReSharper are covered in this document: Ultimate Guide to Speeding Up ReSharper (and Visual Studio).
  7. Using built-in dotTrace Performance Profiler core. If performance issues are crucial, you may capture a performance snapshot and upload it to JetBrains Team, so we can investigate the performance issue you encounter and give some specific recommendations for you.
    • In the ReSharper 7.x and 8.x you may do with 'ReSharper | Help | Profile Visual Studio'. 
    • In ReSharper 9.x and above, please go to 'ReSharper | Help | Report a Bug or Submit Feedback...', select "Performance Problem" issue category and use "Attachments | Performance Snapshot".
      Note: on a 1st run self-profiling tool will be downloaded from JetBrains server, so please be patient.

      This action will start the profiling of the VS immediately - after you finish doing the repro actions (basically, reproduce the slowdown), please press the 'Get Snapshot' button in the dialog. After profiling is complete, you 'll be able to upload the snapshot to our FTP server, so we could investigate it to provide a solution and/or bugfix for the performance issues.



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    Why is resharper so slow? I used to use resharper years ago and stopped due to the terrible performance.  I am trying it once again and I do not see any improvement.  I have tried your suggestions above and they do not help.  I just tried to reformat 600 lines of code in a .cshtml file and with resharper running and it took over 90 seconds to run.  I suspended resharper and the same procedure completed in 4 seconds.  If I try to highlight code using the mouse I have to click drag and then wait as much as 5 seconds for the highlighting to complete.  Is this typical of your product even after all these years?  Is there some setting not mentioned above I need to change?  I would like to use your product but rather than in creasing productivity it seems to do nothing but bog everything down. 

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    Does the DTP file contain any sensitive information about the solution currently loaded in memory (assembly, code, classes, etc.)?

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    Alex Berezoutsky

    @ Scduberger, no, it does not. You may download dotTrace Performance Profiler ( and view the snapshot there by yourself.

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    Denis Yesakov

    I've tried to use resharper c++ in simple project near 5 files cpp with 20 headers for tests + MSVS 2010 the system works very slow, periodically out of memory exception occured and after that only kill process for VS  in taskmanager solves freezing. system configuration core i7 + 16gb ram. where is the problem ? codeanalys ?

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    Alex Berezoutsky

    @Denis Yesakov, are you using ReSharper 9 EAP with ReSharper for C++ installed? If so, could you please capture the performance snapshot with standalone dotTrace and email us at with the uploaded snapshot URL (e.g. in dropbox) with a brief description of the issue? Thank you!

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    Oisin Grehan

    Another huge performance killier is having the resharper database/metadata stored on a network drive. If your project is on a network drive (e.g. your company does "mydocuments" redirection to a san) then resharper becomes intolerable to use. 

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