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Visual Studio for Mac: Releases Update

In the future, we will no longer be using this blog to relay information about Visual Studio for Mac  releases.

For future information about Visual Studio for Mac releases, please go here. For future information about Visual Studio for Mac Preview releases, please go here.

We will continue to use this blog to relay information about Xcode/iOS releases only.

Thank you!

Preview Release: Xcode 10 Beta 6

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 10 Beta 6 Web Preview. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 10 beta release.

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


Products Released

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.6.1.7

Preview IDE compatibility package for Visual Studio 2017

  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.11.0.758
  • Download for Visual Studio 2017

Installing on Mac

With this release, we’re introducing a new way to access the Xcode 10 preview support in Visual Studio for Mac. From now on, you’ll be able to access all the necessary bits for Xcode 10 within the IDE, through an updater channel named “Xcode 10 Preview”. This Xcode channel operates the same way as our current Stable, Beta, and Alpha channels. To try these newest Xcode builds, do the following:

  1. Select “Visual Studio > Check for Updates”.
  2. In the “Update channel” combo box, select “Xcode 10 Preview” and press the “Switch Channel” button:
  3.  Once you switch, the builds will start to download automatically. Once they’re downloaded you’ll be promted to restart and install the new builds.
  4. To switch back to Stable, Beta, or Alpha builds, simply switch back to the appropriate channel.

Today’s release to the Xcode channel contains the builds with support for Xcode 10 Beta 5. We intend to continue to update the builds in this channel as we produce support for any new Xcode 10 betas which Apple may release in the weeks ahead. To get notified immediately of new builds, make sure to select the “Check Automatically” checkbox.


Installing IDE compatibility for Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8

  1. Ensure that Visual Studio 2017 is up-to-date at version 15.8 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 15.8 release, so it is not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.9 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 10 beta support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8:

  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: Xcode 10 Beta 5

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 10 Beta 5 Web Preview. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 10 beta release.

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


Products Released

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.5.4.5

Preview IDE compatibility package for Visual Studio 2017

  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.10.10.9
  • Download for Visual Studio 2017

Installing on Mac

With this release, we’re introducing a new way to access the Xcode 10 preview support in Visual Studio for Mac. From now on, you’ll be able to access all the necessary bits for Xcode 10 within the IDE, through an updater channel named “Xcode 10 Preview”. This Xcode channel operates the same way as our current Stable, Beta, and Alpha channels. To try these newest Xcode builds, do the following:

  1. Select “Visual Studio > Check for Updates”.
  2. In the “Update channel” combo box, select “Xcode 10 Preview” and press the “Switch Channel” button:
  3.  Once you switch, the builds will start to download automatically. Once they’re downloaded you’ll be promted to restart and install the new builds.
  4. To switch back to Stable, Beta, or Alpha builds, simply switch back to the appropriate channel.

Today’s release to the Xcode channel contains the builds with support for Xcode 10 Beta 5. We intend to continue to update the builds in this channel as we produce support for any new Xcode 10 betas which Apple may release in the weeks ahead. To get notified immediately of new builds, make sure to select the “Check Automatically” checkbox.


Installing IDE compatibility for Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7

  1. Ensure that Visual Studio 2017 is up-to-date at version 15.7 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 15.7 release, so it is not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 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 10 beta support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7:

  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: Xcode 10 Beta 3

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 10 Beta 3 Web Preview. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 10 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 10 support preview. The Xcode 10 features will be added to the updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 10  to the App Store.

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


Products Released

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2017

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.5.4.5
  • Download
  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.10.10.8
  • 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 10 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 15.7

  1. Ensure that Visual Studio 2017 is up-to-date at version 15.7 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 15.7 release, so it is not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 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 10 beta support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7:

  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: Xcode 10 Beta

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 10 Web Preview 1. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 10 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 10 support preview. The Xcode 10 features will be added to the updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 10  to the App Store.

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


Products Released

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2017

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.5.4.3
  • Download
  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.10.10.7
  • 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 10 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 15.7

  1. Ensure that Visual Studio 2017 is up-to-date at version 15.7 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 15.7 release, so it is not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.8 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 10 beta support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7:

  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: Xcode 9.3 beta 4, iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 Support – Preview 2

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9.3 Web Preview 2. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9.3 beta 4 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 9.3 support preview. The Xcode 9.3 features will be added to the updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 9.3 to the App Store.

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


Products Released

  • Visual Studio  for Mac 7.4.0.1035
  • Download
  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.9.0.753
  • Download for Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.9.0.753
  • Download for Visual Studio 2015

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 9.3 beta 2 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.
  4. Download the Visual Studio for Mac .dmg file, open it, and copy the .app bundle to a desired install location. For example, you can optionally add this preview version alongside the Stable version of Visual Studio for Mac by copying the .app bundle to a temporary location, renaming it, and then copying it to your Applications directory.

Uninstall steps

Navigate to Visual Studio > Check for Updates, and install the current Xamarin.iOS and Visual Studio for Mac versions 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 9.3 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: Xcode 9.3 beta 2, iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4 Support – Preview 1

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9.3 Web Preview 1. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9.3 beta 2 release.

Note that this is a standalone download link that is 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 this version installed. You will need to disregard that notification if you wish to keep using this Xcode 9.3 support preview. The Xcode 9.3 features will be added to the updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 9.3 to the App Store.

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


Products Released


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 9.3 beta 2 version installed from Apple. You can optionally install this beta version alongside your non-beta Xcode.
  3. Download the Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Mac 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.


 

Preview: XCode 9 Beta 5, iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 Support – Preview 4

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 4. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9 beta 5 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. The Xcode 9 features will be added to the Xamarin updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 9 to the App Store.

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


Products Released

These packages require the current Mono 5.2 Beta version or higher

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1278
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.340 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.340 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview version 15.3.0 Preview 4 or higher 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.

Preview: XCode 9 Beta 4, iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 Support – Preview 3

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 3. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9 beta 4 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. The Xcode 9 features will be added to the Xamarin updater channels in the future, after Apple publishes the first non-preview version of Xcode 9 to the App Store.

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


Products Released

These packages require the current Mono 5.2 Beta version or higher

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1277
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.338 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.338 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview version 15.3.0 Preview 4 or higher 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.