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What's New in 7.8

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8 Releases

  • May 13, 2019 – Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.4
  • March 12, 2019 – Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.3
  • February 28, 2019 – Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.2
  • February 22, 2019 – Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.1
  • February 20, 2019 – Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8

Release Highlights

This release focuses on improving the quality in Visual Studio for Mac through bug fixes, performance improvements, and reliability improvements.

We also updated the version of NuGet to 4.8, .NET Core SDK to 2.1.504, and .NET Core Runtime 2.1.8

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8 (7.8.0.1624)

released February 20, 2019

Shell

  • We fixed an issue where custom key bindings for Remove Unused and Sort (Usings) don't work.
  • We fixed an issue where switching from the application and returning, does not focus on the editor correctly.
  • We fixed an issue where the cursor in editor window is lost when switching applications.
  • We fixed an issue where focusing out/into Visual Studio changes the default focused element on the UI.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac would fail to track file changes for files in certain folders.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac doesn't remember opened files.
  • We fixed an issue where the Toolbar selector for build configuration is disabled.
  • We fixed an issue where adding a new folder to a project does not allow instant renaming.
  • We fixed an issue where Start Debugging after Start without Debugging results in an exception for ASP.Net projects.
  • We fixed a performance issue with build output search.
  • The Run Item command on the Solution Explorer has been renamed to Run Project.
  • We fixed an issue where the welcome page is shown when loading a solution from finder.

.NET Core

  • We updated to .NET Core 2.1.8 to include a security update.
  • We fixed an issue where the create button doesn't create new project for .NET Core 3.0 preview 2.
  • We fixed an issue where .NET Core 3.0 can be selected in the New Project dialog when it is not supported.
  • We removed the VB.NET option from .NET Core projects.

ASP.NET Core

  • We fixed an issue where the Folder profile would be created with 'Default' configuration instead of 'Release'.

Web Tools

  • We fixed an issue where Publish to Azure creates a profile with the wrong name.
  • We fixed an issue where application arguments are not passed to the Azure Functions host.
  • We added the following additional Azure Functions templates
    • CosmosDB trigger
    • EventHub trigger
    • IoT Hub trigger
    • SendGrid trigger
    • ServiceBus Queue trigger
    • ServiceBus Topic trigger
  • We fixed an issue where it was not possible to publish to Azure API App instances.

Xamarin

  • We updated the Xamarin Test Cloud agent NuGet version.
  • We fixed an issue where the View Archives command would appear in .NET Core projects.

Xamarin.Forms

  • IntelliSense in Xamarin.Forms XAML files for FontFamily is now available.

Designers

  • We fixed an issue where the toolbox regressed Android designer usage.
  • We fixed an issue when attempting to drag and drop controls to iOS storyboards from the Tool Box after searching for controls does not work.

Xamarin.Android

  • We fixed an issue where the JDK notification was shown on the welcome page, even for non-Android projects.
  • We fixed an issue where launching Visual Studio for Mac without any Java installed shows 2 system prompts to install Java.
  • We fixed an issue where the Android resource update could occur at the same time as a build which could then cause build issues.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac would fail to upload APK to Acer Chromebook R11.
  • We fixed an issue where new Android apps have uppercase letters in the package name.
  • We fixed an issue where 'Your project is not referencing the 'Mono.Android.Version=v8.1' framework' when AndroidUseLatestPlatformSDK is true.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac does not recognize AndroidManifest in specific build configurations..
  • We fixed an issue where opening the Report A Problem dialog also displays 'Install JDK' dialog.
  • We fixed an issue where the Google Play SDK warning is shown even when publishing Ad-Hoc.

Xamarin.iOS

  • It is now possible to choose .pdf files for image assets that do not support vector images.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac erroneously indicates that a Xamarin.Mac property is unavailable.
  • We fixed an issue where it is not possible to choose devices for named colors in the asset catalog.
  • We fixed an issue where the iOS simulator is no longer brought to front when starting a debug session.
  • We fixed an issue where Native References not working in iOS library projects and appear to be ignored.
  • We fixed an issue where deleting a Native Reference does not delete the the file on disk.
  • We fixed an issue where the Debugger doesn't connect to a keyboard extension on any device.

Xamarin.Mac

  • We fixed an issue where .xib templates seem to need customObjectInstantitationMethod='direct' added.
  • We fixed an issue where it is not possible to change the target framework version for Xamarin.Mac full on re-opening project options.
  • We fixed an issue where the project options for a Mac build (classic) shows incorrect UI.

Code Editor

  • We fixed an issue where the code fix preview window is too small.
  • We fixed an issue where error squiggles were not up to date.
  • We fixed an issue where the editor would freeze while typing
  • We fixed an issue where Changing the tab would not allow you to search a file
  • We fixed an issue where Using statement indenting is incorrect.
  • We fixed an issue where Roslyn throws a fatal exception (System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException).
  • We fixed an issue where formatting of parameters across multiple lines is incorrect.
  • We fixed an issue where the constructor generator would cause Visual Studio for Mac to crash.
  • We fixed an issue where smart semicolon placement causes incorrect semicolon placement.
  • We fixed an issue where typing can be slow in large files when accessibility is enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where a fatal error can occur when trying to navigate inside the editor using VoiceOver.
  • We fixed an issue where the caret location in quick fix margin is incorrect.
  • We fixed a performance issue where indent correcting is taking up too much time on large files.
  • We fixed an issue where Intellisense soft-selection is confusing.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac can't open .targets files.
  • We fixed an issue where the display updates partially when commenting a collapsed method.
  • We fixed an issue where C# syntax highlight doesn't work for some of the keywords.
  • We fixed an issue where invoking some snippets from the toolbox in .cs files leads to poorly formatted code.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing Down to choose the closing tag completion in XAML IntelliSense closes the completion window.
  • We fixed an issue where the file 'redacted' could not be opened.
  • We fixed an issue where sometimes pasting fails in XAML files.
  • We fixed an issue where, when adding an attribute via Intellisense, it does not trim 'Attribute' from the name.
  • We fixed an issue where code suggestion does the wrong thing when ( is pressed after a stray arrow key.

NuGet

  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac crashes after 'Could not add packages' error.
  • We updated the version of NuGet to 4.8.
  • NuGet package diagnostic warnings are now shown in the Solution Explorer. Any diagnostics warnings will be rendered with a warning icon and the full text of the warning available as a tool tip.
  • We fixed a set of issues with NuGet:
    • problem while restoring NuGet packages which don't have stable version.
    • The VS4Mac bundle nuget version is too old: 4.3.1.
    • Referencing packages conditionally using variable does not work correctly.
    • Xamarin.Forms app with multi target framework library referenced fail to build.
    • Visual Studio Mac Csproj build not support Item contidion.
    • Support conditional NuGet PackageReferences in multi-targeting projects.
    • Show per-framework dependencies when multi-targeting.
    • VS cannot build F# dotnet core solution.
    • Nuget restore ignore build targets.
    • NuGet restores the wrong version of Microsoft.AspNetCore.App.

Debugger

  • We fixed an issue where the debugger would fail when running on an external console on Mojave.

Test Tools

  • We fixed an issue where xUnit Fact 'DisplayName' not shown in test explorer if the name has a period at the end.
  • We fixed an issue where the text editor unit test integration ('Unit test 'name' could not be loaded') would fail.
  • We fixed a performance issue where the 'Test Results' pane has bad performance when very large amounts of text are shown.
  • We fixed an issue where the unit test integration in the editor does not properly trigger test cases.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause xunit to fail to restore.

F#

  • We fixed an issue where open statements for F# must be manually added when pasting/writing code.
  • We fixed an issue where new F# projects shows IntelliSense errors.
  • We fixed an issue for F# projects where Visual Studio for Mac overwrites the project GUID to be lowercase instead of uppercase.

Project System

  • We fixed an issue where the copy & paste of a XAML file causes a disassociation between the .xaml and .xaml.cs files.
  • We fixed an issue where files are being added to ItemGroup.Compile(Remove) and this related issue - Error type of namespace not found.
  • We fixed an issue where an invalid C# file is created with a new library project.
  • We fixed an issue where it is not possible to create a culture specific .resx file through the 'New File ..' menu in the Solutions Explorer context menu.

Assembly Browser

  • We fixed an issue where the Assembly Browser shows the wrong icon for properties.
  • We fixed an issue where System.DayOfWeek enum (Wednesday) does not appear to be assigned a value.

Accessibility

  • We fixed a number of accessibility issues in this release, including several VoiceOver issues in the Debugger and in creating iOS developer certificates, and Keyboard issues in the Android SDK Manager.

Other

  • We fixed an issue where unchecking the Organize Using > Place System directives first setting does not save.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac is not remembering settings.
  • We fixed an issue where Checking for updates can result in multiple prompts to sign in.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.1.4

released February 22, 2019

  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac becomes unresponsive when selecting two column view.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.2.1

released February 28, 2019

  • We fixed an issue where Debugger features sometimes don't work as expected with Unity.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.3.2

released March 12, 2019

  • This release contains an updated 4.8 NuGet Client, which in turn closes a NuGet Client vulnerability.
  • We fixed an issue where Using Git to publish an existing project to a new remote repository was not working.
  • We fixed an issue where Git remote operations were failing in Visual Studio for Mac:.
  • We fixed an issue where Tooltips not being shown for F# solutions.
  • We fixed an issue where The Report a Problem dialog crashes Visual Studio for Mac when entering details.
  • We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac crashes while using Report a Problem if the debugger connection is lost.
  • We fixed an issue where Two sign in popup windows would show if you weren't signed in and tried to Report a Problem.
  • We fixed an issue causing warnings about missing icons to show up in the log files when using Report a Problem.
  • We fixed an issue preventing build messages from displaying in the Build Output window after building Docker Compose projects.

Visual Studio 2017 for Mac version 7.8.4.1

released May 13, 2019

  • This release fixes an issue where (Visual Studio for Mac 7.8.3 crashes after loading a second solution)[https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/509716/visual-studio-783-build2-crashes-after-loading-a-s.html].

Feedback & Suggestions

We would love to hear from you! You can report a problem through the Report a Problem option in the Visual Studio for Mac IDE, and track your feedback in the Developer Community portal. For suggesting new features you can use Suggest a Feature, these are also tracked in the Developer Community.

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You can use this guide to uninstall each component in Visual Studio for Mac individually by navigating to the relevant section, or you can use the scripts provided in the Uninstall Script section to uninstall everything.

Note

This information will only remove Visual Studio 2019 or 2017 for Mac from your machine. to uninstall Visual Studio Code, see this issue for details.

Uninstall Script

There are two scripts that can be used to uninstall Visual Studio for Mac and all components for your machine:

The following sections provide information on downloading and using the scripts.

Visual Studio for Mac and Xamarin script

You can uninstall Visual Studio and Xamarin components in one go by using the uninstall script.

This uninstall script contains most of the commands that you will find in the article. There are three main omissions from the script and are not included due to possible external dependencies. To remove this, jump to the relevant section below and remove them manually:

To run the script, do the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the script and select Save As to save the file on your Mac.

  2. Open Terminal and change the working directory to where the script was downloaded:

  3. Make the script executable and the run it with sudo:

  4. Finally, delete the uninstall script and remove Visual Studio for Mac from the dock (if it's there).

.NET Core script

The uninstall script for .NET Core is located in the dotnet cli repo

To run the script, do the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the script and select Save As to save the file on your Mac.

  2. Open Terminal and change the working directory to where the script was downloaded:

  3. Make the script executable and the run it with sudo:

  4. Finally, delete the .NET Core uninstall script.

Uninstall Visual Studio for Mac

The first step in uninstalling Visual Studio from a Mac is to locate Visual Studio.app in the /Applications directory and drag it to the Trash Can. Alternatively, right-click and select Move to Trash as illustrated in the following image:

Deleting this app bundle removes Visual Studio for Mac, even though there may be other files related to Xamarin still on the file system.

To remove all traces of Visual Studio for Mac, run the following commands in Terminal:

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You may also want to remove the following directory containing various Xamarin files and folders. However, before you do you should be aware that this directory contains the Android signing keys. For more information refer to the section Uninstalling Android SDK and Java SDK:

Uninstall Mono SDK (MDK)

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Mono is an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework and is used by all Xamarin Products—Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.Mac to allow development of these platforms in C#.

Warning

There are other applications outside of Visual Studio for Mac that also use Mono, such as Unity.Be sure that there are no other dependencies on Mono before uninstalling it.

To remove the Mono Framework from a machine, run the following commands in Terminal:

Uninstall Xamarin.Android

There are a number of items required for the installation and use of Xamarin.Android, such as the Android SDK and Java SDK.

Use the following commands to remove Xamarin.Android:

Uninstall Android SDK and Java SDK

The Android SDK is required for development of Android applications. To completely remove all parts of the Android SDK, locate the file at ~/Library/Developer/Xamarin/ and move it to Trash.

Warning

You should be aware that Android signing keys that are generated by Visual Studio for Mac are located in ~/Library/Developer/Xamarin/Keystore. Make sure to back these up appropriately, or avoid removing this directory if you wish to keep your keystore.

The Java SDK (JDK) does not need to be uninstalled, as it is already pre-packaged as part of Mac OS X / macOS.

Uninstall Android AVD

Warning

There are other applications outside of Visual Studio for Mac that also use Android AVD and these additional android components, such as Android Studio.Removing this directory may cause projects to break in Android Studio.

To remove any Android AVDs and additional Android components use the following command:

To remove only the Android AVDs use the following command:

Uninstall Xamarin.iOS

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Xamarin.iOS allows iOS application development using C# or F# with Visual Studio for Mac.

Use the following commands in Terminal to remove all Xamarin.iOS files from a file system:

Uninstall Xamarin.Mac

Xamarin.Mac can be removed from your machine using the following two commands to eradicate the product and license from your Mac respectively:

Uninstall Workbooks and Inspector

Starting with 1.2.2, Xamarin Workbooks & Inspector can be uninstalled from a terminal by running:

For older versions, you need to manually remove the following artifacts:

  • Delete the Workbooks app at '/Applications/Xamarin Workbooks.app'
  • Delete the Inspector app at 'Applications/Xamarin Inspector.app'
  • Delete the add-ins: '~/Library/Application Support/XamarinStudio-6.0/LocalInstall/Addins/Xamarin.Interactive' and '~/Library/Application Support/XamarinStudio-6.0/LocalInstall/Addins/Xamarin.Inspector'
  • Delete Inspector and supporting files here: /Library/Frameworks/Xamarin.Interactive.framework and /Library/Frameworks/Xamarin.Inspector.framework

Uninstall the Xamarin Profiler

Uninstall the Visual Studio Installer

Use the following commands to remove all traces of the Xamarin Universal Installer:

Uninstall Visual Studio 2019 for Mac Preview

Visual Studio 2019 for Mac Preview was launched as a separate preview, allowing you to continue to work with your Visual Studio 2017 for Mac install side-by-side.

Now that Visual Studio 2019 for Mac has been released, you can now safely remove the Visual Studio 2019 for Mac Preview application.

To uninstall the preview application bundle, select Visual Studio (Preview) from your Applications folder and click Move to Trash, as depicted in the following image:

You can also remove the Preview plist file with the following command:

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