Visual Studio for Mac Tools for Unity
Visual Studio for Mac Tools for Unity is a free Visual Studio extension that turns Visual Studio for Mac into a powerful tool for developing cross-platform games and apps with the Unity platform.
Unity integration is included out of the box in Visual Studio for Mac, and starting from Unity 2018.1, Visual Studio for Mac is the default C# IDE for Unity projects.
This information is for Visual Studio for Mac IDE. For Visual Studio Code, see this guide for more information.
Here are some of the key features of Visual Studio for Mac Tools for Unity:
Compatible with Visual Studio for Mac Community Edition
Visual Studio for Mac Community Edition is available for free, and bundled with Unity installs starting with Unity 2018.1. See the Visual Studio for Mac Tools for Unity setup documentation for more information.
IntelliSense for Unity messages
IntelliSense makes it fast and easy to implement Unity messages like
OnCollisionEnter, including their parameters.
Visual Studio for Mac Tools for Unity supports all the debugging features that you expect from Visual Studio:
- Set breakpoints, including conditional breakpoints.
- Evaluate complex expressions in the Watch window.
- Inspect and modify the value of variables and arguments.
- Drill down into complex objects and data structures.
Powerful refactoring and context actions
Write more usable code with quick menus and keyboard shortcuts for renaming, refactoring, and context actions.
Browse and add new files
Browse Unity projects and add folders, scripts, or shaders, all within the Visual Studio for Mac IDE.
Use familiar key bindings
Boost productivity by using the key bindings that you know. Visual Studio for Mac provides familiar key bindings for many popular IDEs, such as Visual Studio on Windows, ReSharper, Visual Studio Code, and Xcode.
Customize the Visual theme
Give your eyes a rest with the included dark theme.
Tips for Unity developers getting started with Visual Studio for Mac
These links explain useful features for Unity developers just starting with Visual Studio for Mac: