Which IDE is recommended for Xamarin development - Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio? RRS feed

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  • User315059 posted

    Which IDE is recommended for Xamarin development - Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio?

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:31 AM

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  • User205607 posted

    This is generally available now:


    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 4:16 PM
  • User37696 posted


    Great question! No new builds of Xamarin Studio will be published moving forward. We recommend all users move to Visual Studio on both Mac and Windows.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:05 PM
  • User262172 posted


    VS for Mac is generally available http://aka.ms/vs4mac

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:16 PM
  • User62671 posted

    What is the recommended procedure for "moving" to Visual Studio for Mac without introducing allot of entropy and breaking things?

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:20 AM
  • User2699 posted

    Is it possible to uninstall Xamarin Studio after installing VS for Mac?

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:11 PM
  • User262172 posted


    Well, if you are already using Xamarin Studio and do not intend to use it, refer to this official guide on how to do a meaningful uninstall of Xamarin from your Mac.

    Next, download VS for Mac .dmg installer from http://aka.ms/vs4mac and double tap to get started with the installer, it will identify missing tools and install the necessary runtime(s), SDK etc. required.

    Try and share your feedback.

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:18 PM
  • User262172 posted


    Yes you can, refer to this official documentation: https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/cross-platform/gettingstarted/installation/uninstallingxamarin/

    Have tried it myself, should work for anybody else as well.

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 2:18 PM
  • User205607 posted

    The transition to VS4Mac was fairly smooth. However, after coding, building, committing changes, etc, a colleague was no longer able to build with XS, getting the lovely the type 'system.object' is defined in an assembly that is not referenced consider adding a reference to system.runtime... error. I tried and got the same, no amount of cleaning would fix it. Just a heads up.

    Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:42 PM