To start developing native, cross-platform apps when you download Visual Studio for Mac there are a couple of things that you must install and set up in preparation.
For working with iOS in Visual Studio you need the following pieces:
- a Mac with macOS Sierra 10.12 or above
- Xcode 8.3
- An Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID already you can create a new one at https://appleid.apple.com. It's necessary yo have an Apple ID for installing and signing into Xcode.
Download Visual Studio for Mac from https://www.visualstudio.com/
Once the installer package is downloaded, click the VisualStudioInstaller.dmg file to mount the installer and then run it by double-clicking the logo, as illustrated by the following image:
You might be prompted with an alert dialog similar to the following image. In this case, click Open:
The installer inspects your system to verify which components need to be installed or updated:
You'll then be presented with an alert dialog asking you to acknowledge the Privacy and License terms. Press the Continue button to acknowledge the terms:
The installer presents a list of required components that are missing and that need to be downloaded and installed. Select the products you wish to download here:
This installation screen displays the version and size of each individual component. You can click each component to display a list of dependencies for that component (for Android), see additional packages that it downloads (for .NET Core), or view any additional applications required (for iOS and macOS):
Once you are happy with your selection, select the Install and Update button to start the installation process.
The installer starts the download and install process of the selected items:
You might be prompted to elevate the permissions necessary for individual components that are needed to complete installation. Enter your administrator credentials here to continue the installation process:
Once the installation is successful, you can start developing apps in Visual Studio by pressing Start:
If you chose not install a platform or tool during the original installation (by unselecting it in step #6), you must run the installer again if you wish to add the components later.