Preview Release: 15.7 Preview 5

We are releasing the fifth preview of our next major release, called 15.7. This release aligns with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 5 and a new Visual Studio 2017 for Mac Preview.

This version requires Visual Studio 2017 or higher. Visual Studio 2015 users are encouraged to update to Visual Studio 2017. Users who cannot yet update can continue to use the Xamarin 15.6 Release with Visual Studio 2015.

As this is a preview release, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues.

Bug reports are welcome for any additional issues.


Products Released


Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac.


15.7 Release History

Preview 1 – March 13th 2018

Preview 2 – March 21st 2018

Preview 3 – April 9th 2018

Preview 4 – April 18th 2018

Preview 5 – This Release

Preview Release: 15.7 Preview 4

We are releasing the fourth preview of our next major release, called 15.7. This release aligns with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 4 and a new Visual Studio 2017 for Mac Preview.

This version requires Visual Studio 2017 or higher. Visual Studio 2015 users are encouraged to update to Visual Studio 2017. Users who cannot yet update can continue to use the Xamarin 15.6 Release with Visual Studio 2015.

As this is a preview release, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues.

Bug reports are welcome for any additional issues.


Products Released


Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac.


15.7 Release History

Preview 1 – March 13th 2018

Preview 2 – March 21st 2018

Preview 3 – April 9th 2018

Preview 4 – This Release

Preview: Xcode 9.4 Beta

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9.4 Web Preview 1. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9.4 beta release.

Note that these are  standalone download links that are not yet published in the Visual Studio for Mac updater channels. As a result, Visual Studio for Mac will offer an “update” back to the current published updater channel versions when you have these versions installed. You will need to disregard that notification if you wish to keep using this Xcode 9.4 support preview. The Xcode 9.4 features will be added to the updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 9.4 to the App Store.

Any bug reports about these preview Xamarin bindings are much appreciated!


Products Released

  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.9.0.754
  • Download for Visual Studio 2017

Installing on Mac

  1. Ensure you are up-to-date with the current Visual Studio for Mac Stable updater channel versions.
  2. Ensure you have the Xcode 9.4 beta version installed from Apple. You can optionally install this beta version alongside your non-beta Xcode.
  3. Download the Xamarin.iOS installer .pkg file and run it.

Uninstall steps

Navigate to Visual Studio > Check for Updates, and install the current Xamarin.iOS version from the Stable updater channel.


Installing IDE compatibility for Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6

  1. Ensure that Visual Studio 2017 is up-to-date at version 15.6 and has the Mobile development with .NET workload installed.
  2. Download the combined IDE compatibility .vsix file. If your web browser saves the file with a .zip extension, rename it back to .vsix after download.
  3. Double-click the .vsix file to launch the VSIX Installer.
  4. Be sure to select only your non-preview instance of Visual Studio 2017 when prompted. (This .vsix package is based on the Xamarin 15.6 release, so it is not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview.)
  5. Click Install, and wait for the VSIX Installer to download and install the components.

Uninstall steps

If you wish to switch back from the Xcode 9.4 beta support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6:

  1. Navigate to Tools > Extensions and Updates >  Installed.
  2. Locate the Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin (Alpha) item.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.
  4. Close Visual Studio 2017 to allow the VSIX Installer to launch and complete the uninstall process.

Preview Release: 15.7 Preview 3

On Friday of last week (April 6th 2018), we released the third preview of our next major release, called 15.7. This release aligns with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 3 and a new Visual Studio 2017 for Mac Preview.

This version requires Visual Studio 2017 or higher. Visual Studio 2015 users are encouraged to update to Visual Studio 2017. Users who cannot yet update can continue to use the Xamarin 15.6 Release with Visual Studio 2015.

Note that this third preview does not yet include the Xcode 9.3 compatibility available in the Xamarin 15.6.5 release. Xcode 9.3 compatibility will be included in the next preview version.

As this is a preview release, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues

Bug reports are welcome for any additional issues.


Products Released


Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac.


15.7 Release History

Preview 1 – March 13th 2018

Preview 2 – March 21st 2018

Preview 3 – This Release

Release: 15.6.5 Servicing Release with Xcode 9.3 Support

We are publishing a servicing release for our current major release called 15.6. This update adds SDK bindings and IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9.3 Release. This release aligns with a new version of Visual Studio 2017 for Mac and Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6.5.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.

Bug reports are welcome. If you see any new issue with these versions, please file a report.


Products Released

  • Xamarin Remoted iOS Simulator 1.2.4.12

Installing

  • Visual Studio 2017 – Visual Studio Installer
    Basic compatibility is provided by the Mac package updates. For additional compatibility until Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6.5 is available, please follow the Installing IDE compatibility section below. (Update April 4: Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6.5 is now available from the Visual Studio Installer. The Installing IDE compatibility section is therefore no longer needed and has been removed. For users who installed the temporary compatibility pack, it is recommended to uninstall it before updating (following the IDE compatibility pack uninstall section below).
  • Visual Studio 2017 for Mac – Stable updater channel
  • Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Xamarin – Stable updater channel

Visual Studio 2017 IDE compatibility pack uninstall steps

  1. Navigate to Tools > Extensions and Updates >  Installed.
  2. Locate the Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin (Alpha) item.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.
  4. Close Visual Studio 2017 to allow the VSIX Installer to launch and complete the uninstall process.
  5. Now proceed to update to Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6.5 using the normal update process.

Previous Versions

Using the latest versions is recommended. The previous versions of the Xamarin packages from the Xamarin 15.6.3 release are listed below for reference.

  • For Mac the previous versions are:
    • Xamarin.iOS 11.8.1.28  (d15-6 branch)

Technical Bulletin: Xcode 9.3

As announced on Apple’s developer news site, Apple has just released Xcode 9.3 final.

The Xamarin team is proceeding as usual to test for compatibility and publish updated versions of Xamarin.iOS and the Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin to align with the new version of Xcode. Keep an eye on this blog for status updates.

For users who are planning to update to Xcode 9.3, note that this new version requires macOS High Sierra 10.13.

Update April 3: The Xamarin 15.6.5 release has now been published with SDK bindings and IDE compatibility for the Xcode 9.3 release.


Xcode 9.3 Support Preview Release History

Preview 2 – March 15, 2018

Preview 1 – February 15, 2018

Release: 15.6.3 Servicing Release

We are publishing a servicing release for our current major release called 15.6.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.

Bug reports are welcome. If you see any new issue with these versions, please file a report.


Products Released


Installing


Previous Versions

Using the latest versions is recommended. The previous versions of the Xamarin packages from the Xamarin 15.6 release are listed below for reference.

  • For Mac the previous versions are:
    • Xamarin.Android 8.2.0.15 (d15-6 branch)
    • Xamarin.iOS 11.8.0.20  (d15-6 branch)
    • Xamarin.Mac 4.2.0.20  (d15-6 branch)
    • Mono Framework 5.8.0.129, Mono Project download archive

Pre-Release: Xamarin.Forms 3.0.0.296286-pre2

Xamarin.Forms 3.0.0.296286-pre2 is now on NuGet. To install the pre-release, check the pre-release option in your NuGet package manager and install this version.

If you have a bug to report, drop us a detailed report on GitHub so we can troubleshoot.

Key Features:
* FlexLayout
* Right to Left Support
* StyleSheets
* VisualStateManager

For full details, read the release notes.

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Preview Release: 15.7 Preview 2

We are releasing the second preview of our next major release, called 15.7. This release aligns with a new Visual Studio 2017 for Mac Preview.

This version requires Visual Studio 2017 or higher. Visual Studio 2015 users are encouraged to update to Visual Studio 2017. Users who cannot yet update can continue to use the Xamarin 15.6 Release with Visual Studio 2015.

As this is a preview release, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues.

Bug reports are welcome for any additional issues.


Products Released


Installing

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac.


15.7 Release History

Preview 1 – March 13th 2018

Preview 2 – This Release