Category Archives: Alpha

Releases specifically targeted for the Alpha Updater Channel.

Alpha Release: 15.2 Alpha Preview 2

We are releasing the second Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.2.

Using the latest Visual Studio for Mac Preview 7 with this release is encouraged, but you can also continue to use Xamarin Studio if you prefer (though new previews of XS are not included in this release). If you are updating from Visual Studio for Mac Preview 5 or earlier, you’ll need to check for updates once to install the new Preview and then once more to get the new Xamarin Platform components.

Note that this preview version is not yet available in Visual Studio 2017. This post will be updated within the next couple of days with the steps to try this release in Visual Studio 2017.  Edit: Unfortunately some new complications came up with the packaging process for Visual Studio 2017. Work is underway to resolve those issues, but in the mean time, if you use Xamarin.iOS in Visual Studio 2017, be sure to hold off for now on trying the preview versions on the Mac. (Otherwise you will run into some incompatibility errors such as “The root assembly … conflicts with another assembly”.) The Visual Studio Preview version 15.2 (26412.01) from April 17 does not yet include the Xamarin 15.2 Alpha preview component.

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 – April 6th 2017

Alpha 2 – This Release!

Alpha Release: 15.2 Alpha Preview 1

We are releasing the first Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.2.

This initial Alpha release currently only includes updates for Mac and is not compatible with the existing Stable Xamarin version in Visual Studio on Windows. So for the moment please only try this Alpha version if you do all your development work on Mac. Keep an eye on this post for updates about the corresponding Windows updates soon.

Using the latest Visual Studio for Mac Preview 6 with this release is encouraged, but you can also continue to use Xamarin Studio if you prefer. If you are updating an earlier Visual Studio for Mac Preview, you’ll need to check for updates once to install Preview 6 and then once more to get the new Xamarin Platform components.

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!

Beta Release: 15.1 Beta Preview 2

We are releasing the final Beta preview of our next major release, called 15.1. This release uses a new naming convention “15.1” that more closely resembles the sub-version numbering of Visual Studio 2017. “15.1” in this new scheme matches up with what Xamarin would have called “Cycle 10” under the old scheme.

This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the March 27 update for Visual Studio Preview. Note that the Xamarin version number in Visual Studio 2015 is slightly ahead of the version number in Visual Studio Preview in order to provide early availability of a few additional fixes. Xamarin coordination with the upstream schedule has been evolving across the VS 2017 releases, and plans are underway to synchronize more tightly as soon as possible. Watch for additional news on that topic as the 15.1 release moves into the Stable channel in the upcoming weeks.

Among other changes, these versions include a new experimental Concurrent Garbage Collector option for both Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS.

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

Alpha 1 – March 1st 2017

Alpha 2 – March 7th 2017

Beta 1 – March 16th 2017

Beta 2- This Release!

Stable Release: Xamarin Workbooks & Inspector 1.2.0

Xamarin Workbooks and Inspector 1.2.0 (1.2.0+1 for Windows) is a significant update from 1.1.2 with some new features and bug fixes.Please see https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/interactive/interactive-1.2.0 for more information. You can also see the latest builds in all channels at https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/current/.


Products Released

Beta Release: 15.1 Beta Preview 1

We are releasing the first Beta preview of our next major release, called 15.1. This release uses a new naming convention “15.1” that more closely resembles the sub-version numbering of Visual Studio 2017. “15.1” in this new scheme matches up with what Xamarin would have called “Cycle 10” under the old scheme.

Note that this preview release is not yet available in Visual Studio 2017. It will be integrated into the Visual Studio Installer at a future date that follows the upstream VS 2017 release schedule. Xamarin coordination with the upstream schedule has been evolving across the VS 2017 releases, and plans are underway to synchronize more tightly as soon as possible. Watch for additional news on that topic over the next week.

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

Alpha 1 – March 1st 2017

Alpha 2 – March 7th 2017

Beta 1 – This Release!

Preview 5 – Visual Studio for Mac

We are releasing our fifth preview of Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio for Mac is an evolution of Xamarin Studio, and includes all the functionality of Xamarin Studio 6.3.

If you already have VS for Mac installed, this update will appear in any of the updater channels within the IDE. If you do not yet have a VS for Mac Preview, you can download this newer one here. Future updates will then be available to you through the VS for Mac “Check for Updates” menu option.

Please note that the VS for Mac IDE has its own set of updater channels, separate from Xamarin Studio and Xamarin.VS. While the VS for Mac channel list mirrors the other IDEs with Alpha, Beta, and Stable options, it should be noted the same preview exists in all 3 VS for Mac updater channels, and as this is a preview, it is not yet a fully supported product.

Visual Studio for Mac can be installed side-by-side with Xamarin Studio.


Products Released

Preview 4 – Visual Studio for Mac

We are releasing our fourth preview of Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio for Mac is an evolution of Xamarin Studio, and includes all the functionality of Xamarin Studio 6.3.

If you already have VS for Mac installed, this update will appear in any of the updater channels within the IDE. If you do not yet have a VS for Mac Preview, you can download this newer one here. Future updates will then be available to you through the VS for Mac “Check for Updates” menu option.

Please note that the VS for Mac IDE has its own set of updater channels, separate from Xamarin Studio and Xamarin.VS. While the VS for Mac channel list mirrors the other IDEs with Alpha, Beta, and Stable options, it should be noted the same preview exists in all 3 VS for Mac updater channels, and as this is a preview, it is not yet a fully supported product.

Visual Studio for Mac can be installed side-by-side with Xamarin Studio.


Products Released

Alpha Release: 15.1 Alpha Preview 2

We are releasing the second Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.1. 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 – 03/02/2017

Alpha 2 – This Release!