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Install the most recent Preview version of Visual Studio for Mac by changing the updater channel to Beta.


This release is not "go-live" and not intended for use on production computers or for creating production code.

To learn more about Visual Studio 2017 for Mac, see Mac System Requirements and Mac Platform Targeting and Compatibility.

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Known Issues

Please refer to the Known Issues section.

Release History

  • May 7, 2018 – Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.6 Preview 1

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.6 Preview 1 (

released May 7, 2018

Code Editor





  • The NuGet SDK Resolver that is included with Mono's MSBuild is now supported by Visual Studio for Mac. This allows SDKs to be downloaded from NuGet and used by SDK style projects.



Visual Designers

Android Designer
  • Full-fidelity layout editing: your XAML modifications are now preserved even in design mode.
  • Updated renderer to latest Android Oreo.
  • IntelliSense performance improvements.


  • ClassKit entitlements: ClassKit enables features in your education apps for iPad that can be used by educational institutions with Apple School Manager and Managed Apple IDs.
  • Visual Studio for Mac will now alert you if a particular iOS or Mac constructor (from Xamarin.iOS or Xamarin.Mac, respectively) is unavailable due to deprecation or introduced into a later version of the OS than the version the project is targeting (e.g. the "Deployment Target" as set in the Info.plist).
  • Fixed an issue where IWKNavigationDelegate has two interface methods, and only one is shown in IntelliSense.


  • Fixed a number of visual glitches when publishing Mac apps.

Known Issues

  • Already installed Android SDK is not being detected in the installer (if installed via Android Studio).
  • Cmd+A, Del can crash Visual Studio for Mac when editing web files.
  • Code in indented @{} block jumps up a line when committed.
  • Razor TagHelpers in project aren’t refreshed on build.
  • CSS Class IntelliSense in _Layout.cshtml, but not in views.
  • In Razor, toggle comments does not work in HTML.
  • In Razor, indented <environment> tag content indentation is bad.
  • Completion doesn’t commit if the caret is immediately followed by }.
  • Typing a <text> tag in a for loop is changed to textarea (aspnet/Razor/issues/2200).

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