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Preview: Xcode 9 beta 3, iOS 11, macOS 10.13 support – Preview 1

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 1. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9 beta 3 release.

Note that these are standalone download links that are not published in the Xamarin updater channels. As a result, Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio 2015 on Windows will offer “updates” back to the current published updater channel versions when you have these versions installed. You will need to disregard those notifications if you wish to keep using these Xcode 9 support previews.

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


Products Released

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1267
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.328 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.328 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview version 15.3.0 Preview 4 installed with the Mobile development with .NET workload. (Note that Visual Studio 2017 Preview installs as an additional version alongside your existing Visual Studio 2017 non-preview version.)
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions and Updates…
  3. Open the Online > Visual Studio Marketplace tab.
  4. Search for Xamarin Updater and press Download
    • Created by: Xamarin
  5. Restart Visual Studio (as instructed).
  6. Go to Tools > Options > Extensions and Updates.
  7. Click the Add button next to the Additional Extension Galleries list.
  8. Under the Name field enter Xamarin Xcode 9 Preview (or another name that you prefer).
  9. Under the URL field type in xvs://xcode9-preview/
  10. Click OK to save the changes.
  11. Navigate to Tools > Extensions and Updates > Updates > Xamarin Xcode 9 Preview and press Update for each item to download all the available updates.
  12. Once all of the downloads are complete, close Visual Studio.  The VSIX Installer program will launch automatically to install the components.
  13. Start Visual Studio again.

Uninstall steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

If you wish to switch back from the Xcode 9 support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 Preview, use the Visual Studio Installer to un-install, and then re-install, the Mobile development with .NET (Xamarin) workload.

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 4

We are releasing the fourth preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

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


Highlighted Known Issues

  • [Xamarin.VisualStudio] – “Unable to copy file “obj\Debug\App1.dll” to “bin\Debug\App1.dll”. The process cannot access the file ‘bin\Debug\App1.dll’ because it is being used by another process.” and “Exceeded retry count of 10. Failed”.
    • This issue originally appeared in the Xamarin 15.2 release and was fixed in the Xamarin 15.2.2 release. Unfortunately, the fix was accidentally omitted from these Xamarin 15.3 release preview builds. It will be included in the next published set of builds.

Products Released


Installing the Beta and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Beta version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.


15.3 Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – June 29th 2017

Preview 4 – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 3

We are releasing the third preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

Note also that the Xamarin extension versions included in the latest Visual Studio 2017 Preview version 15.3.0 Preview 3 are for the moment still the earlier Beta versions from June 26. The new matching Xamarin versions will be integrated into the Visual Studio Installer at a future date that follows the upstream VS 2017 Preview release schedule.

As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

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


Products Released


Installing the Beta and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Beta version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – This Release!

Embeddinator-4000 0.2

On June 16th, we released Embeddinator-4000 version 0.2. This is a tool that allows your existing .NET Code (C#, F# and others) to be consumed from other programming languages and in various different environments.

This means that if you have a .NET library that you want to use from your existing iOS app, you can do that. Or if you want to link it with a native C++ library, you can also do that. Or consume .NET code from Java.

For more information, please see the release notes here.

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 2

We are releasing the second preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

Update for June 26: This release is now available as part of the June 26th – version 15.3.0 Preview 3 update for Visual Studio 2017 Preview as well as in the Xamarin updater channels.

As this is a Beta build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

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


Products Released


Installing the Beta and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Beta version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – This Release

Stable Release: 15.2.3 Xamarin.VS Servicing Release

We are releasing a service release for Xamarin.VS as part of our current major release, called 15.2, into the Beta and Stable channels.

This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the June 9th – version 15.2 (26430.13) update for Visual Studio 2017.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.


Products Released


Known Issues

There are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found. Additional bug reports are still welcome for this stable version. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

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

  • [Xamarin.VS] – In some environments, iOS and Android template projects are absent from the new project dialog, and trying to load a Xamarin.iOS project results in an error
    • This problem seems to be limited to certain existing Visual Studio environments. The issue might not affect any standard user installation scenarios. Any user who sees this issue, please feel free to submit a quick bug report with your environment details as a way to help tally the number of affected scenarios.

Installing

You can get this latest version by checking for updates on the Stable and Beta updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Stable – May 10th 2017

Stable 2 – May 23rd 2017

Stable 3 – May 26th 2017

Stable 4 – This Release!

Alpha Release: Xamarin Workbooks & Inspector 1.3.0-alpha2

Xamarin Workbooks and Inspector 1.3.0 Alpha 2 introduces a few small features and bug fixes over the previous 1.3.0 Alpha 1 release. Please see https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/interactive/interactive-1.3/ for more information. You can also see the latest builds in all channels at https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/current/.


Products Released

Stable Release: 15.2.2 Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.VS Hotfix

We are releasing a service release for Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.VS as part of our current major release, called 15.2, into the Alpha, Beta, and Stable channels to address this critical bug.

Update for May 30: This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the May 30th – version 15.2 (26430.12) update for Visual Studio 2017.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.


Updating from Xamarin Studio to Visual Studio for Mac

Visual Studio for Mac is now generally available as announced at the Microsoft Build conference. It is the recommended environment for Xamarin developers on Mac moving forward. To get started with Visual Studio on Mac, download and run the Visual Studio for Mac installer. It will install Visual Studio for Mac as a new app alongside Xamarin Studio.


Products Released


Installing

You can get this latest version by checking for updates on the Stable updater channel and in Visual Studio 2017 by installing Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2 (26430.12).


Upcoming Release Dates

Stable – May 10th 2017

Stable 2 – May 23rd 2017

Stable 3 – This Release!

Stable Release: 15.2.2 Servicing Release

We are releasing a service release for our current major release called 15.2, into the Beta and Stable channels.

Update for May 30: This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the May 30th – version 15.2 (26430.12) update for Visual Studio 2017.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.


Updating from Xamarin Studio to Visual Studio for Mac

Visual Studio for Mac is now generally available as announced at the Microsoft Build conference. It is the recommended environment for Xamarin developers on Mac moving forward. To get started with Visual Studio on Mac, download and run the Visual Studio for Mac installer. It will install Visual Studio for Mac as a new app alongside Xamarin Studio.


Products Released


Installing

You can get this latest version by checking for updates on the Stable updater channel and in Visual Studio 2017 by installing Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2 (26430.12).


Previous Versions

  • For Windows the previous versions and download locations are:

Upcoming Release Dates

Stable – May 10th 2017

Stable 2 – This Release!

 

Alpha Release: 15.3 Preview 1

UPDATE (2017-05-11): We are releasing a Hotfix for Visual Studio for Mac. This new version (7.1.0.583) resolves the issue mentioned here.

We are releasing the first Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

As this is an Alpha build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

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


Products Released


Installing the Alpha and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Alpha version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha 1 – This Release!