Xamarin.Forms Requirements

Platform and development system requirements for Xamarin.Forms.

Refer to the Installation article for an overview of installation and setup practices that apply across platforms.

Target platforms

Xamarin.Forms applications can be written for the following operating systems:

It is assumed that developers have familiarity with .NET Standard and Shared Projects.

Additional platform support

The status of these platforms is available on the Xamarin.Forms GitHub:

  • Samsung Tizen
  • macOS
  • GTK#
  • WPF

Platforms from earlier versions

These platforms are not supported when using Xamarin.Forms 3.0:

  • Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT
  • Windows Phone 8 Silverlight

Android

You should have the latest Android SDK Tools and Android API platform installed. You can update to the latest versions using the Android SDK Manager.

Additionally, the target/compile version for Android projects must be set to Use latest installed platform. However the minimum version can be set to API 15 so you can continue to support devices that use Android 4.0.3 and newer. These values are set in the Project Options:

Project Options > Application > Application Properties

Development system requirements

Xamarin.Forms apps can be developed on macOS and Windows. However, Windows and Visual Studio are required to produce Windows versions of the app.

Mac System requirements

You can use Visual Studio for Mac to develop Xamarin.Forms apps on OS X El Capitan (10.11) or newer. To develop iOS apps, we recommend having at least the iOS 10 SDK and Xcode 8 installed.

Note

Windows apps cannot be developed on macOS.

Windows system requirements

Xamarin.Forms apps for iOS and Android can be built on any Windows installation that supports Xamarin development. This requires Visual Studio 2017 or newer running on Windows 7 or higher. A networked Mac is required for iOS development.

Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

Developing Xamarin.Forms apps for UWP requires:

  • Windows 10 (Fall Creators Update recommended)

  • Visual Studio 2017

  • Windows 10 SDK

UWP projects are included in Xamarin.Forms solutions created in Visual Studio 2017, but not solutions created in Visual Studio for Mac. You can add a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App to an existing Xamarin.Forms solution at any time.