Xamarin Tutorial - Build your first iOS & Android app in C#

Download and install

Download and install Visual Studio 2019.

Download Visual Studio 2019

During installation, select the Mobile development with .NET workload.

Already have Visual Studio?

If you already have Visual Studio 2019, you can add the Mobile development with .NET workload:

  • Select the Windows key, type Visual Studio Installer, and press Enter
  • If prompted, allow the installer to update itself
  • If an update for Visual Studio 2019 is available, an Update button will be shown. Select it to update before modifying the installation.
  • Find your Visual Studio 2019 installation and select Modify
  • Select Mobile development with .NET and click Modify

Check for Visual Studio updates

This tutorial is optimized for the latest version of Visual Studio. If you already have Visual Studio 2019, you can check for updates:

  • Select the Windows key, type Visual Studio Installer, and press Enter.
  • If prompted, allow the installer to update itself.
  • If an update is available, your Visual Studio 2019 installation will have an Update button. Select it to update.

Download and install Visual Studio 2019 for Mac.

Download Visual Studio 2019 for Mac

During installation, ensure the Android + Xamarin.Forms and iOS + Xamarin.Forms platforms are selected.

Check for Visual Studio updates

This tutorial is optimized for the latest version of Visual Studio. If you already have Visual Studio 2019, you can check for updates:

  • Open Visual Studio for Mac.
  • In the menu bar, select Visual Studio > Check for Updates.
  • Available updates will be displayed and select Update.

Optional: Install Xcode

If you want to build Xamarin apps for iOS or macOS, you'll also need:

After installing Xcode, you must open Xcode, agree to terms of service, and install optional components, if prompted.

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