Get started with .NET Core on macOS using Visual Studio for Mac
Visual Studio for Mac provides a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for developing .NET Core applications. This topic walks you through building a simple console application using Visual Studio for Mac and .NET Core.
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See the Prerequisites for .NET Core on Mac topic.
Check the .NET Core Support article to ensure you're using a supported version of .NET Core.
If you've already installed the prerequisites and Visual Studio for Mac, skip this section and proceed to Creating a project. Follow these steps to install the prerequisites and Visual Studio for Mac:
Download the Visual Studio for Mac installer. Run the installer. Read and accept the license agreement. During the install, select the option to install .NET Core. You're provided the opportunity to install Xamarin, a cross-platform mobile app development technology. Installing Xamarin and its related components is optional for .NET Core development. For a walk-through of the Visual Studio for Mac install process, see Visual Studio for Mac documentation. When the install is complete, start the Visual Studio for Mac IDE.
Creating a project
Select New on the Start Window.
In the New Project dialog, select App under the .NET Core node. Select the Console Application template followed by Next.
If you have more than one version of .NET Core installed, select the target framework for your project.
Type "HelloWorld" for the Project Name. Select Create.
Wait while the project's dependencies are restored. The project has a single C# file, Program.cs, containing a
Programclass with a
Console.WriteLinestatement will output "Hello World!" to the console when the app is run.
Run the application
Run the app in Debug mode using ⌘ ↵ (command + enter) or in Release mode using ⌥ ⌘ ↵ (option + command + enter).
The Building a complete .NET Core solution on macOS using Visual Studio for Mac topic shows you how to build a complete .NET Core solution that includes a reusable library and unit testing.