Inspector Installation and Requirements

Download and Installation

  1. Download and install Visual Studio Enterprise and select the Mobile development with .NET workload.
  2. Sign in to enable your Enterprise subscription.
  3. Inspect your own app!


Supported Operating Systems

  • Mac - OS X 10.11 or greater
  • Windows - Windows 7 or greater (with Internet Explorer 11 or greater and .NET 4.6.1 or greater)

Supported IDEs

  • Visual Studio for Mac
  • Visual Studio 2017 with Mobile development with .NET workload

Live app inspection is available for enterprise customers.

Supported App Platforms

App Platform IDE Support Notes
Mac Only supported in Visual Studio for Mac
iOS Supported in Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac Linker behavior must be set to Don't Link (under iOS Build Project options)
Android Supported in Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio for Mac Must target Android >= 4.0.3, with fastdev enabled.
Must use Google, Visual Studio, or Xamarin Android emulators. Android 7 emulators may not allow inspection at this time.
WPF Only supported in Visual Studio 2017

Reporting Bugs

Bugs should be reported directly via Visual Studio:

  • Help > Send Feedback > Report a Problem

Please include all of the following information:

Platform Version Information

This information is vital.

Visual Studio For Mac

  • Visual Studio > About Visual Studio > Show Details > Copy Information
  • Paste into bug report

Visual Studio

  • Help > About Visual Studio > Copy Info
  • Let us know your Operating System version and whether you are running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.

Log Files

Always attach both IDE and Inspector client log files.

Inspector client

  • Mac: ~/Library/Logs/Xamarin/Inspector/Xamarin Inspector {date}.log
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Xamarin\Inspector\logs\Xamarin Inspector {date}.log

1.4.x also features the ability to select the log file in Finder (macOS) or Explorer (Windows) directly from the main menu:

  • Help > Reveal Log File

Visual Studio For Mac

  • ~/Library/Logs/VisualStudio/7.0/Ide.log

Visual Studio

  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Xamarin\Logs\{VS version}\Inspector {date}.log
  • The contents of the Visual Studio Output pane may also be informative.

Project Settings

If you can attach the .csproj for the project you are trying to inspect, it would be extremely helpful. This is easier than asking about individual settings.

Also please confirm that you are in Debug configuration.

Selected Devices

For Android and iOS, it is vital that we know what device you are debugging on when you want to inspect. We need to know:

  • Name of device as shown in your IDE
  • OS version of your device
  • Android: Verify that you are using an x86 emulator
  • Android: What emulator platform are you using? Google Emulator? Visual Studio Android Emulator? Xamarin Android Player?
  • Does the app you are debugging properly appear and function in the device?
  • Does the device have network connectivity (check via web browser)?