Visual Studio Missing Java Binding Library Project Template

Stewart Basterash 96 Reputation points

I have recently run into an issue with a xamarin forms development. One solution I found was to add a java library (jar) to the project and use that functionality. All the documentation on MS Visual Studio begins with... Create a new "Java Bindings Library" project.

Currently, my freshly installed version of Visual Studio does not have this template as it is described in multiple posts. I assumed that there was something missing from the selection and installation of VS 2019. This does not appear to be the case either. And, I have looked for a template download... Can someone provide some guidance? I need to link a java library to a xamarin forms project.

Thank you in advance...

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  1. Stewart AC Basterash 26 Reputation points

    Ladies and Gentlemen... Here is the solution...

    Read down to where the individual talks about the options dialog in Visual Studio... Uncheck the "Show all .NET Core templates in the new project dialog"


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  2. Cole Xia (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 6,751 Reputation points


    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    Android Class Library selection will be shown in Project Template if we select Mobile development with .NET in installer .


    I test on the latest visual studio for windows(16.9.0) , the template shows as expected .


    I suggest you try to repair or update Visual Studio in installer .

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  3. Markus Jessl 21 Reputation points

    Same problem on my side.

    I'm developing for an Xamarin Android app in VS 2019 and just now need to implement a 3rd party SDK which is only available as a .jar/.aar file.

    I tried with VS 2019 and VS 2019 Preview:



    However, the Android Binding Library is missing:


    Hope Microsoft can help us soon as this is currently slowing down our development.

    Thx a lot.

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  4. Arthur Nogueira 1 Reputation point

    Same problem here.

    Updated VS to version 16.9.2 yesterday and can't find the template.

    Is there any other way to import .aar files?

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  5. Eric Lira 1 Reputation point

    I just updated to VS Community 16.9.2 and the same happen to me, and it's not only the binding template that is missing, Android class library is missing too.

    I tried a repair and removing and reinstalling the mobile development tools but no luck.

    I wonder if Microsoft has removed these templates from VS Communit. Has anyone running VS Professional had this issue?