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.
Xamarin.Forms applications can be written for the following operating systems:
- iOS 8 or higher
- Android 4.0.3 (API 15) or higher (more details)
- Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (more details)
- Windows 8.1 / Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT (DEPRECATED)
- Windows Phone 8 Silverlight (DEPRECATED)
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:
Universal Windows Platform
Windows 10 UWP projects are not added when a solution is created on macOS. For instructions on how to add these projects to an existing solution, see Setup Windows Projects.
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.
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
UWP projects are included in Xamarin.Forms solutions created in Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017. You can also add a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App to an existing Xamarin.Forms solution.