Visual Studio 2022 / 2019 Add Web Reference missing


For a .NET Framework project, I want to add a Web Reference using a WSDL file, but there is no Add Web Reference when right clicking a project in Visual Studio 2022 / 2019. Where is it?


It's there, but it's a bit hidden.

  1. Right click the project in Solution Explorer, go on Add and then Service Reference
  2. Click the Advanced button in the lower left corner
  3. There you have it, again in the lower left corner, Add Web Reference

This is for .NET Framework projects, it seems it's nowhere to be found for .NET Core projects.

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Dan Dumitru
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Aug 1, 2022 at 11:29


Hi Dan, I have a problem with this, in the past 2022 this works fine. Now in 2023 i get a error "Missing File" after clicking "Add Reference", have you got same problem?

Many Thank Ulrich

Jan 30, 2023 at 13:55

Hi Ulrich! It still works for me, I've just tried adding a random WSDL file as a Web Reference.

I'm on the latest version of Visual Studio 2022, 17.4.4

Dan Dumitru
Jan 30, 2023 at 15:03

Hi Ulrich, You probably are using Git right? Empty folders aren't kept. You need to create an empty folder, on the project folder, named something like "Web References". Not sure the precise name, but Google around and you'll find it.

Larissa Jordão
Feb 6, 2023 at 15:21

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