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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.

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Release History

Release Highlights

This release focuses on improving the quality in Visual Studio for Mac through bug fixes, performance improvements, and reliability improvements.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8 Preview 1 (

released December 18, 2018

Code Editor

Project System



Assembly Browser

Web Tools


  • We updated the Xamarin Test Cloud agent NuGet version.
  • We fixed an issue where the View Archives command would appear in .NET Core projects.





  • Intellisense in Xamarin.Forms XAML files for FontFamily is now available.


Test Tools

  • We fixed a performance issue where the "Test Results" pane has bad performance when very large amounts of text are shown.
  • We fixed an issue where the unit test integration in the editor does not properly trigger test cases.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause xunit to fail to restore.


  • We fixed a number of accessibility issues in this release, including several VoiceOver issues in the Debugger and in creating iOS developer certificates, and Keyboard issues in the Android SDK Manager.


Visual Studio 2017 for Mac Preview Release Notes History

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