Runnable (F5) .NET Windows Service

If you’re looking for a Windows Service solutions that you can run and debug utilizing the F5 key on your keyboard then you’ve come to the right place. If you are anything like me, when you’ve worked with Windows Services you have experienced the pain of running and debugging the OOTB windows service project. You have to build your app, then install it, start it from the Service MMC, then attach the process (who wants to do that? way too many steps if you ask me).

Below is a link to a Zip file containing Visual Studio project that I have been using for some time now as a starter when I build new Windows Services. It allows you to run the application using the Run and/or F5 key to debug and is windows service ready when you want to deploy it as a service.

I will be following up this blog with a YouTube video that demonstrates how to use it. If anyone has any questions, please comment on the video and I will get back to you as soon as I can.