Getting Started with F#

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last updated: 2017-03


F# is included by default in Visual Studio for Mac.

On Windows, you must install standalone F# compiler tools, per the instructions on the site.

Creating an F# Project

Creating a new F# application is done in the same New Project window used for C#.

In Visual Studio for Mac choose File > New Solution. In the New Project dialog, select a project template. Use the drop-down to the right of the template to choose the language you wish to use:

Select your project type and click Next to name and create it.

You are now ready to start creating some great F# applications!

Learning to use F

An F# tutorial can also be created from within the New Solution dialog in Visual Studio for Mac. Navigate to Other > .NET > F# Tutorial, as detailed in the image below:

This opens a new interactive solution. Exploring this is a great way to get to grips with the basics of the language.

Check out the list of samples to see F# in action.


There is a plethora of information online for getting up to speed with the F# language, covering all proficiencies. Listed below are a few of our recommendations:

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.