Setting up the Xamarin development environment

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This tutorial explains the steps a developer needs to follow to be able to develop and test native C# Xamarin applications for Android or iOS devices. These steps include installing Visual Studio.

Prerequisite: As you setup your Xamarin development environment, make sure to also read the Setting up the MobileFirst development environment tutorial.


Xamarin applications are developed using Microsoft Visual Studio. Visual studio can be installed on Mac OS or Windows.

Visual Studio can be downloaded at Visual Studio Downloads

What’s Next

Now that the IBM Mobile Foundation and Xamarin development environments are set up, continue to the Quick Start category to experience Mobile Foundation, or to All Tutorials to learn specific aspects of Mobile Foundation development.

Inclusive terminology note: The Mobile First Platform team is making changes to support the IBM® initiative to replace racially biased and other discriminatory language in our code and content with more inclusive language. While IBM values the use of inclusive language, terms that are outside of IBM's direct influence are sometimes required for the sake of maintaining user understanding. As other industry leaders join IBM in embracing the use of inclusive language, IBM will continue to update the documentation to reflect those changes.
Last modified on March 30, 2021