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Should I add the Visual Studio.suo and.user files to source control? (12)

Visual Studio solutions contain two types of hidden user files. One is the solution .suo file which is a binary file. The other is the project .user file which is a text file. Exactly what data do these files contain?

I've also been wondering whether I should add these files to source control (Subversion in my case). If I don't add these files and another developer checks out the solution, will Visual Studio automatically create new user files?

.user is the user settings, and I think .suo is the solution user options. You don't want these files under source control; they will be re-created for each user.

By default Microsoft's Visual SourceSafe does not include these files in the source control because they are user-specific settings files. I would follow that model if you're using SVN as source control.

If you set your executable dir dependencies in ProjectProperties>Debugging>Environment, the paths are stored in '.user' files.

Suppose I set this string in above-mentioned field: "PATH=C:\xyz\bin" This is how it will get stored in '.user' file:


This helped us a lot while working in OpenCV. We could use different versions of OpenCV for different projects. Another advantage is, it was very easy to set up our projects on a new machine. We just had to copy corresponding dependency dirs. So for some projects, I prefer to add the '.user' to source control.

Even though, it is entirely dependent on projects. You can take a call based on your needs.

No, you should not add them to source control since - as you said - they're user specific.

SUO (Solution User Options): Records all of the options that you might associate with your solution so that each time you open it, it includes customizations that you have made.

The .user file contains the user options for the project (while SUO is for the solution) and extends the project file name (e.g. anything.csproj.user contains user settings for the anything.csproj project).

Others have explained why having the *.suo and *.user files under source control is not a good idea.

I'd like to suggest that you add these patterns to the svn:ignore property for 2 reasons:

  1. So other developers won't wind up with one developer's settings.
  2. So when you view status, or commit files, those files won't clutter the code base and obscure new files you need to add.

Since I found this question/answer through Google in 2011, I thought I'd take a second and add the link for the *.SDF files created by Visual Studio 2010 to the list of files that probably should not be added to version control (the IDE will re-create them). Since I wasn't sure that a *.sdf file may have a legitimate use elsewhere, I only ignored the specific [projectname].sdf file from SVN.

Why does the Visual Studio conversion wizard 2010 create a massive SDF database file?

These files contain user preference configurations that are in general specific to your machine, so it's better not to put it in SCM. Also, VS will change it almost every time you execute it, so it will always be marked by the SCM as 'changed'. I don't include either, I'm in a project using VS for 2 years and had no problems doing that. The only minor annoyance is that the debug parameters (execution path, deployment target, etc.) are stored in one of those files (don't know which), so if you have a standard for them you won't be able to 'publish' it via SCM for other developers to have the entire development environment 'ready to use'.

They contain the specific settings about the project that are typically assigned to a single developer (like, for example, the starting project and starting page to start when you debug your application).

So it's better not adding them to version control, leaving VS recreate them so that each developer can have the specific settings they want.

Using Rational ClearCase the answer is no. Only the .sln & .*proj should be registered in source code control.

I can't answer for other vendors. If I recall correctly, these files are "user" specific options, your environment.

Visual Studio will automatically create them. I don't recommend putting them in source control. There have been numerous times where a local developer's SOU file was causing VS to behave erratically on that developers box. Deleting the file and then letting VS recreate it always fixed the issues.

You cannot source-control the .user files, because that's user specific. It contains the name of remote machine and other user-dependent things. It's a vcproj related file.

The .suo file is a sln related file and it contains the "solution user options" (startup project(s), windows position (what's docked and where, what's floating), etc.)

It's a binary file, and I don't know if it contains something "user related".

In our company we do not take those files under source control.

You don't need to add these -- they contain per-user settings, and other developers won't want your copy.