Visual Studio for Mac is replacing Xamarin Studio

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last updated: 2017-10

Build 2017 introduced Visual Studio for Mac – an IDE for Mac allowing you to use C# to create mobile, desktop, and web applications such as:

  • Mobile with .NET: Android, iOS, tvOS, watchOS
  • Mac desktop apps
  • .NET Core applications
  • ASP.NET Core Web applications
  • Cross-platform Unity games

If you are currently using Xamarin Studio, it is recommended that you update to Visual Studio for Mac to continue to get the latest support for all supported workloads.

More information on Visual Studio for Mac can be found on

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.