No GUI components found in this Add-In. Add-In version does not match

Last Published: October 13, 2021

Error Message

When attempting to install an add-in in ArcMap using the Add-In Manager, the following error message displays:

No GUI components found in this Add-In. Add-In version does not match.


This error occurs if the version stated in the Config.esriaddinx file is higher than the ArcGIS version installing the add-in.

Add-ins do not support backward compatibility; that is, if an add-in targets ArcGIS version 10.2.x, the add-in works in version 10.2.x or higher but not in version 10.1.x or lower.

Solution or Workaround

The solution provided guides users on how to update the add-in version in Visual Studio using the source code of the add-in project.

  1. In Visual Studio, unload the project by right-clicking the project folder name in Solution Explorer and selecting the Unload Project option.
  2. When the .csproj file is displayed, right-click the file name and select the Edit option.
  3. If ArcGIS 10.2.x and later is used, change all XML tags containing the following path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Esri\ESRI.ArcGIS.AddIns.targets
C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Esri\ESRI.ArcGIS.AddIns.11.targets
  1. Update the target version. If, for instance, ArcGIS 10.2.x is used, change the target version to 10.2.
  1. Save the .csproj file and close the file.
  2. Reload the project by right-clicking the project folder and selecting the Reload Project option.
  3. Open the Config.esriaddinx file and update the target version.
  <Target name="Desktop" version="10.2" />
  1. Compile the add-in and use the newly created esriAddIn file to install the addin. The add-in should now install without displaying the error.

Article ID:000013260

  • ArcMap
  • ArcObjects SDK Microsoft NET Framework

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