Can I use Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate with Xamarin?

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Can I use Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate with Xamarin?

Yes. You are able to leverage Xamarin through Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate. However, please note that currently, installing Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 RC will uninstall any earlier versions of Xamarin installed into Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012. Xamarin for Visual Studio 2017 can not be installed at the same time as Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015/2013/2012 as a result of Visual Studio 2017 moving away from MSI packaging toward utilization of the Visual Studio Installer system.

While the team is currently looking into ways to bypass this expected behaviour, we do advise users to choose their development environment based on their needs. Visual Studio 2015/2013 are recommended for production Xamarin development as Xamarin projects are provided as a preview technology in the Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate.

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If you are building Xamarin.iOS projects, make sure Xamarin Studio on your paired Mac system is on the beta updates channel. This ensures that both machines have the same version of the Xamarin.iOS SDK.

How do I install Xamarin to Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate?

Installing during the Visual Studio 2017 RC Installer

  • Select the Xamarin component as part of the new Visual Studio Installer

This will install the Visual Studio extension for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android development.

Installing or Reinstalling Xamarin in an existing installation of Visual Studio 2017 RC

Using the Visual Studio Installer:

  1. Search for the Visual Studio Installer application

  2. Select:
    a. Mobile development with .NET (Preview) in the Workloads tab, or


    b. Xamarin in the Individual components tab

Using the Visual Studio Installer within Visual Studio:

  1. Navigate to the Visual Studio 2017 Start Page
  2. Click on More project templates under the New Project section


3. Click on Open Visual Studio Installer in the left pane


4. Select:
a. Mobile development with .NET (Preview) in the Workloads tab, or


b. Xamarin in the Individual components tab

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.