Visual Studio for Mac Workloads
Visual Studio for Mac is scheduled for retirement on August 31, 2024 in accordance with Microsoft’s Modern Lifecycle Policy. While you can continue to work with Visual Studio for Mac, there are several other options for developers on Mac such as the preview version of the new C# Dev Kit extension for VS Code.
Visual Studio for Mac comes pre-installed with workloads for developing the following types of app:
- Cross-platform mobile apps with .NET using Xamarin, for Android, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS
- Mac desktop apps
- .NET Core apps
- ASP.NET Core Web apps
- Cross-platform Unity games
- .NET MAUI apps (Visual Studio 2022 for Mac 17.4 or greater)
Mobile applications with Xamarin
Xamarin allows you to create cross-platform mobile apps with .NET for Android, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and Mac desktop apps.
Mac desktop applications
.NET Core applications
For more information on using .NET Core, refer to the documentation.
ASP.NET Core Web Applications
Unity game development
.NET MAUI applications
To start developing native, cross-platform .NET MAUI apps on macOS, install Visual Studio 2022 for Mac 17.4 or greater. For more information, see Get started with .NET MAUI.