What do I need to do before installing Visual Studio for Mac?
The Visual Studio for Mac Installer helps you install the tools, packages, and SDKs required by the workloads and components you select. To minimize incompatibility and ensure a smooth installation experience, we recommend going through this quick pre-flight check list to ensure that your computer is ready for Visual Studio for Mac.
- Apply the latest updates: refer to the system requirements here. Visual Studio for Mac requires a minimum of Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11. However, to create Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Mac or .NET Core applications, you must have macOS Sierra 10.12 or newer installed.
- Reboot before beginning the Visual Studio for Mac install: This ensures that any pending installs or updates don’t hinder the installation.
- If you plan to do mobile app development in .NET (with Xamarin), you should download and install Xcode in advance as this can take quite some time.