How to Create Custom SharePoint Content Type using Visual Studio

In this article, we are going to create a custom Content Type using Visual Studio 2010.

Steps Involved

Creating Empty SharePoint Project

  • Open Visual Studio 2010.
  • Go to File => New => Project.
  • Select 2010 from the installed templates SharePoint and choose Empty SharePoint Project.
  • Name it as CustomContentType.
  • Click Add.
  • Enter the SharePoint server farm URL.
  • Select 'Deploy it as a Farm Solution".
  • Click Finish.

Adding Content Type

  • Right-click the Solution Explorer and select Add a new item.
  • Select Content Type from the installed templates SharePoint and name it as CustomContentType.
    Content Type
  • Choose the base content type from which our custom content type should inherit, I have chosen "Item" as a base content type.
  • Double-click the Elements.xml file.
  • Replace the code with the below one.
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <Elements xmlns="">
        <!-- Parent ContentType: Item (0x01) -->
        <ContentType ID="0x0100eb248db87d3f40efa20cdfae86fe0b50"
                     Name="Custom Content Type"
                     Group="Custom Content Types"
                     Description="My Content Type"
  • In the above code, we are adding a Custom Content Type; with the group name as "Custom Content Types".
  • Build the solution.
  • Deploy the solution.


  • Go to the SharePoint site.
  • Go to Site Actions => Site Settings =>Galleries =>Site Content Types.
  • You will see the Custom Content Type that we have created in the group "Custom Content Types".