Workbooks & Inspector Preview 0.99.0

This release brings several new features to Xamarin Workbooks & Inspector. It pairs best with Xamarin Cycle 8 SR1, available in the beta channel as of this writing. For iOS, you will want to upgrade to Xcode 8.1.

Feedback in the forums has been invaluable, and please keep filing bugs too!


  • Xamarin.Forms hierarchy support.
  • Improved 3D view on Mac, and now available on Windows, too.
  • Google's Android emulator is now supported.
  • Code editor now based on VS Code.

Workbooks Updates

  • Workbooks can now target multiple platforms, and easily switch between them.
  • Workbooks load faster than ever, and can be read and edited while loading.
  • If the workbook app crashes, it can be restarted without having to reopen the workbook.
  • There is a new "Console" platform on both Mac and Windows for basic desktop C# usage, without being tied to any particular UI framework.
  • WPF and Console workbook apps run in 64-bit mode on 64-bit operating systems.
  • Workbooks downloaded from the internet will not execute until the user approves them.
  • It is no longer necessary to have a firewall exception when using Android workbooks on Windows.
  • iOS workbooks now have access to more APIs and permissions.

Live App Inspection Updates

  • iOS apps can now be inspected from Visual Studio on Windows.
  • The Visual Studio extension now reports any issues connecting the Inspector the same way the Xamarin Studio add-in does, via hover tips on the Inspect button.
  • Core app assemblies are no longer switched around when inspecting iOS apps.


  • Xamarin.Forms features are not yet supported for iOS on Windows.
  • When using Google's Android emulator, view select mode does not yet work.
  • NuGet Limitations
    • Android Workbooks are not yet supported.
    • iOS Workbooks on Windows are not yet supported.
    • Native libraries are not yet supported.
    • Packages which depend on .target files or PowerShell scripts will likely fail to work as expected.
    • To remove or modify a package dependency, edit the workbook's manifest with a text editor. Proper package management is on the way.

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.