Category Archives: Preview

Preview products available for download from a dedicated web page.

Preview: Xcode 9 GM, iOS 11 Support – Preview 9

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

Note that these are standalone download links that are not yet published in the Xamarin updater channels. As a result, Visual Studio for Mac 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

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2017

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.3.41
  • Download
  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.7.9.37
  • Download (34 KB) for Visual Studio 2017
  • Download for Visual Studio 2015
  • iOS Simulator on Windows 1.1.0.121
  • Download

Note: Updated IDE compatibility packages for Visual Studio on Windows are also in-progress. This post will be updated when they are available. The previous IDE compatibility packages for Windows do not yet include adjustments for the Xcode 9 GM seed.

Update for September 14: The Xcode 9 GM seed IDE compatibility package for Visual Studio 2017 is now available above. This post will be updated again when the IDE compatibility package for Visual Studio 2015 is available.

Update for September 15: The IDE compatibility package for Visual Studio 2015 is now available.


Installing on Mac

  1. Ensure you are up-to-date with the current Xamarin Stable channel versions.
  2. Ensure you have the Xcode 9 GM version installed from Apple. You can optionally install this GM version alongside Xcode 8.
  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 15.3.4

  1. Ensure that Visual Studio 2017 is up-to-date at version 15.3.4 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 15.3.4 release, so it is not fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4 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 support previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3.4:

  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.

Installing IDE compatibility for Visual Studio 2015

Download and run the Xamarin.VisualStudio .msi installer package.

Uninstall steps

Navigate to Tools > Options > Xamarin > Other > Check Now, and install the current Xamarin version from the Stable updater channel.


Known Issues

There are at least a couple of known changes between the previous Xcode 9 beta and the Xcode 9 GM seed that are not yet resolved in this preview:

  • [Visual Studio for Mac, Xamarin.iOS] – iOS simulators do not start as expected after the user launches an app on one simulator and then switches to deploy to a different simulator.
    • Possible temporary workaround:  Close and reopen the solution or quit and reopen Visual Studio for Mac.
  • [Visual Studio for Mac, Xamarin.iOS] – “Invalid Image Asset” and “Missing Image Asset” when attempting to submit tvOS apps to App Store.
    • Possible temporary workaround: Manually edit the asset catalog in a text editor to add the entries for the new required image assets.

Xamarin.Mac previews for macOS 10.13 beta 9

Since macOS 10.13 itself is still in beta rather than GM at this time, if you would like to try the preview macOS 10.13 APIs in Xamarin.Mac, please see:

Preview: Xcode 9 Beta 6, iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 Support – Preview 8

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 8. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9 beta 6 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

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1287
  • Download
  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.7.9.3 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download
  • iOS Simulator on Windows 1.1.0.121
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin 4.7.9.3 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview 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 6, iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 Support – Preview 7

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 7. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9 beta 6 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

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1285
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.7.9.0 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download
  • iOS Simulator on Windows 1.1.0.121
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

  • Xamarin.VS 4.7.9.0 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview 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 6, iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 Support – Preview 6

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 6. These versions include preview Xamarin SDK bindings and preview IDE compatibility for Apple’s Xcode 9 beta 6 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

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1283
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.357 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download
  • iOS Simulator on Windows 1.1.0.121
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

Note that the Xamarin.VS package version number listed below is too low to install automatically into the latest Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4.0 Preview 1, so the Xcode 9 IDE compatibility preview is not available for that Visual Studio version at this time. A future Xamarin Xcode 9 support preview will address this version number issue to re-enable installation.

  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.357 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview 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 5, iOS 11, MacOS 10.13 Support – Preview 5

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 5. 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

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1278
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.355 (Visual Studio 2015)
  • Download

Preview IDE compatibility installation steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

Update for August 24: Note that the Xamarin.VS package version number listed below is too low to install automatically into today’s new Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4.0 Preview 1, so the Xcode 9 IDE compatibility preview is not available for that Visual Studio version at this time. A future Xamarin Xcode 9 support preview will address this version number issue to re-enable installation.

  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.355 (for Visual Studio 2017 Preview)
  1. Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview 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.

Preview: Xcode 9 beta 4, iOS 11, macOS 10.13 support – Preview 2

Today we are releasing the following builds as Xcode 9 Web Preview 2. 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

Preview IDE compatibility packages for Mac and Visual Studio 2015

  • Visual Studio for Mac 7.1.0.1277
  • Download
  • Xamarin.VS 4.6.0.337 (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.

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: 15.2 Preview 1

We are releasing the first Beta preview of our next major release, called 15.2. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Using the latest Visual Studio for Mac Preview 9 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. It should be noted that since VS for Mac is still in preview, it is not yet a fully supported product.

These latest Beta versions are now also available in Visual Studio 2017 Preview as part of the April 26 update (26424.02 – Preview).

This Beta release also includes an updated Xamarin Studio 6.3.0.864 build that notifies users that Visual Studio for Mac Preview is now available: “Visual Studio for Mac is Microsoft’s fully-featured IDE for developers on Mac. It has all the features of Xamarin Studio, adds cloud and web development, and contains improvements for cross-platform mobile development. Try the preview and let us know what you think!”

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 – April 6th 2017

Alpha 2 – April 11th 2017

Alpha 3 – April 19th 2017

Beta 1 – This Release!