Downgrading Visual Studio 2017

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  1. Uninstall Visual Studio 2017 using the Visual Studio Installer.

  2. Download the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.0 RTW installer from

    • For more information on how to do this, refer to the older downloads page
  3. Run the installer to install Visual Studio 2017, version 15.0.

    • For more information on how to do this, refer to the installation page. Remember to select the Mobile development with .NET workload when you install.

Compatible Mac Versions

If you are developing on both Visual Studio for Windows and Visual Studio for Mac, it is recommended that you have compatible versions of all products on both IDEs.

As per this blog post, the compatible versions for 15.0 RTW are:

  • Xamarin Studio
  • Xamarin.iOS
  • Xamarin.Android 7.1.0-43
  • Xamarin Profiler 1.2.1-3
  • Xamarin.Mac
  • Mono Framework MDK

These can be download on the Xamarin Account page by selecting the correct version under each product:

xamarin accounts page


If you only use the Mac remotely as a build host for iOS and Xamarin.Mac, you can skip the the installation of the Android and Visual Studio for Mac packages

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.