Category Archives: Preview

Preview products available for download from a dedicated web page.

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

Preview 3 – Visual Studio for Mac

We are releasing our third preview of Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio for Mac is an evolution of Xamarin Studio, and includes all the functionality of Xamarin Studio 6.2.

If you already have VS for Mac installed, this udpate 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 it’s 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 preivew existis in all 3 VS for Mac updater channels, and as this is a preview it is not yet a fully supported product.


Products Released

Web Preview: Xamarin Studio Cycle 8 Service Release 2 (w/ fix for text input in AppleKit entires)

We are releasing a web preview of a newer version of Xamarin Studio, based off the C8SR2 build currently in our Stable channel. This build fixes an issue where text input into AppleKit entries would stop working. We are still testing this internally, but wanted to offer up a web preview now for anyone impacted by the issue. We are hoping to publish these builds to Stable early next week.


Products Released

Alpha Preview 7: Cycle 9

We are releasing the sixth Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9.

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

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. File a bug using the “Cycle 9 Preview” new bug form.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 RC can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 RC will uninstall any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio. This will be fixed in the final release of VS 2017.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 49064 – Application gives build error, as wrong code is getting added for Button handler in ViewController.designer.cs file. Working correctly with VS 2015.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – 46375 – When using AOT and LLVM for armeabi and armeabi-v7a the following error is raised: error XA3001: Could not AOT the assembly: obj/Release/android/assets/UnnamedProject.dll. This occurs on the latest xamarin-android master branch.

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 – Nov 8th, 2016

Alpha 2 – Nov 16th, 2016 (Connect(); Conference)

Alpha 3 – Nov 28th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Dec 5th, 2016

Alpha 5 – Dec 14th, 2016

Alpha 6 – Dec 19th, 2016

Alpha 7 – This Release!

Alpha Preview 6: Cycle 9

We are releasing the sixth Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9.

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

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. File a bug using the “Cycle 9 Preview” new bug form.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 RC can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 RC will uninstall any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio. This will be fixed in the final release of VS 2017.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 49064 – Application gives build error, as wrong code is getting added for Button handler in ViewController.designer.cs file. Working correctly with VS 2015.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – 46375 – When using AOT and LLVM for armeabi and armeabi-v7a the following error is raised: error XA3001: Could not AOT the assembly: obj/Release/android/assets/UnnamedProject.dll. This occurs on the latest xamarin-android master branch.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 46279 – C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Xamarin\Android\mono-symbolicate … Assertion at ..\mono\metadata\class.c:5078, condition `class’ not met” when attempting to create Android packages in the Release configuration. This issue appears to be caused by a bad copy of `mono-symbolicate.exe.

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 – Nov 8th, 2016

Alpha 2 – Nov 16th, 2016 (Connect(); Conference)

Alpha 3 – Nov 28th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Dec 5th, 2016

Alpha 5 – Dec 14th, 2016

Alpha 6 – This Release!

Alpha Preview 5: Cycle 9

We are releasing the fifth Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9.

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

As this is a 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. File a bug using the “Cycle 9 Preview” new bug form.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App

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 – Nov 8th, 2016

Alpha 2 – Nov 16th, 2016 (Connect(); Conference)

Alpha 3 – Nov 28th, 2016

Alpha 4 – Dec 5th, 2016

Alpha 5 – This Release!

Preview 2 – Visual Studio for Mac

We are releasing our second preview of Visual Studio for Mac. Visual Studio for Mac is an evolution of Xamarin Studio, and includes all the functionality of Xamarin Studio 6.2.

If you already have VS for Mac installed, this udpate 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 it’s 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 preivew existis in all 3 VS for Mac updater channels, and as this is a preview it is not yet a fully supported product.


Products Released

Alpha Preview 4: Cycle 9

We are releasing the fourth Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9.

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

As this is a 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. File a bug using the “Cycle 9 Preview” new bug form.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.Android]48213 – Android 7.1.1 (API 25) is not yet supported in this release and can cause deployment errors such as “Value cannot be null. Parameter name: path2” if it is installed. A workaround is to uninstall API 25 in the Android SDK Manager or to disable Project properties > Application > Compile using Android version > Use Latest Platform (in Visual Studio) or Project Options > Build > General > Use latest installed platform (in Xamarin Studio) if you encounter any deployment failures.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App

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 – Nov 8th, 2016

Alpha 2 – Nov 16th, 2016 (Connect(); Conference)

Alpha 3 – Nov 28th, 2016

Alpha 4 – This Release!

Alpha Preview 3: Cycle 9

We are releasing the third Alpha preview of our next major feature release, called Cycle 9.

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

As this is a 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. File a bug using the “Cycle 9 Preview” new bug form.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – At this time, as a result of VS 2017 moving away from .msi packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system, Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Please note that installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 will render any previous installation of Xamarin in an earlier version of Visual Studio inoperable.
  • [Xamarin.Android]48213 – Android 7.1.1 (API 25) is not yet supported in this release and can cause deployment errors such as “Value cannot be null. Parameter name: path2” if it is installed. A workaround is to uninstall API 25 in the Android SDK Manager or to disable Project properties > Application > Compile using Android version > Use Latest Platform (in Visual Studio) or Project Options > Build > General > Use latest installed platform (in Xamarin Studio) if you encounter any deployment failures.
  • [Xamarin.VS]46559 – VS hangs while Running/debugging an Android Wear App
  • [Xamarin.VS] – 46750 – User is not able to Create Xamarin.Forms application on Windows 7 with VS2012/13

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 – Nov 8th, 2016

Alpha 2 – Nov 16th, 2016 (Connect(); Conference)

Alpha 3 – This Release!