Category Archives: Alpha

Releases specifically targeted for the Alpha Updater Channel.

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!

Alpha Release: 15.1 Alpha Preview 1

We are releasing the first 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 – This Release!

Stable Release: Cycle 9

We are releasing our next major release, called Cycle 9, to our Stable channels.

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

Please note that if you wish to use Xamarin.VS with VS 2012, you should not install this build, as it will overwrite that version on your machine.

If you see a behavior that looks suspicious in these versions, and if it isn’t clear whether one of the known issues in the release notes matches the problem, please file a quick bug report to let the team know.

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.


Known Issues

For a list of known issues, please refer to the Release Notes for the appropriate product.


Products Released


Upgrading and Downgrading

You can install this new version by checking for updates on the Stable updater channel.

You can downgrade back to the previous Cycle 8 Stable versions (from before February 22, 2017) by manually reinstalling each old package. See the “Get the latest stable version of Cycle 8” section on your account page: https://store.xamarin.com/account/my/subscription/downloads#cycle8. (If you do not yet have a Xamarin login, you can create one.) If you have any trouble downloading the previous versions from that link, would like to install an even earlier set of versions, or simply would prefer an email with all the installer links you need, feel free to email contact@xamarin.com.


Upcoming Release Dates

RC 1 – 01/10/2017

RC  2 – 01/18/2017

RC 3 – 01/24/2017

RC 4 – 01/31/2017

RC 5 – 02/07/2017

RC 6 – 02/14/2017

Stable – This Release!

Release Candidate: Cycle 9 RC Refresh

We are refreshing our RC builds in the Beta channel for our next major release, called Cycle 9.

As this is an RC build, 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 for this release.

Please note that if you wish to use Xamarin.VS with VS 2012, you should not install this RC build, as it will overwrite that version on your machine.

If you see a behavior that looks suspicious in these versions, and if it isn’t clear whether one of the known issues in the release notes matches the problem, please file a quick bug report to let the team know.

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.


Known Issues

For a list of known issues, please refer to the Release Notes for the appropriate product.


Products Released


Installing the RC and switching back to Stable

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


Upcoming Release Dates

RC 1 – 01/10/2017

RC  2 – 01/18/2017

RC 3 – 01/24/2017

RC 4 – 01/31/2017

RC 5 – 02/07/2017

RC 6 – This Release!

Stable – Soon!