Installing Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android

Installing Xamarin for Windows and OS X is a very similar and simple process. Before you download, you will need to ensure that your computer has the following requirements as the minimum specifications:


  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Visual Studio 2010 or 2012


  • OS X Lion or Mountain Lion
  • Xcode v4.6 or above

For both, the general rule is the more memory you have the better. You also need to have a live network connection.

Downloading the software

The website can check the operating system you are using and, when you select download, the correct version for your operating system will be downloaded.

You will need to give Xamarin some basic information before you are allowed to download the evaluation copy. The evaluation will allow you to develop and deploy apps for 30 days, after which you will need to purchase a copy. If you have placed any apps on the Apple store or Google Play, they will no longer function. Learn more iOS Course

On a PC, double-click on the XamarinInstaller.exe file (Windows 8 users should run this file as an administrator). For Mac users, double-click on the installer.

Installing the software

Depending on your network connection, this can take anywhere up to an hour as each package is downloaded in turns and then installed.

 The installation process is automatic, and anything required for the software to work is installed except Xcode—it is simple to check whether you have this installed on your Mac: click on the Applications directory and look near the bottom for the icon. If it's not there, go to the App Store and type in Xcode.  Android Training 

The download is free. Unless you have a reason to change the defaults, accept the default setup options by clicking on Next each time an option is presented.

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