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Visual Studio for Mac

The macOS integrated developer environment (IDE) designed for creating powerful, scalable .NET applications for Azure.

Designed for cloud solutions

Develop and deploy .NET cloud applications to production using powerful integration tools. Visual Studio for Mac features and capabilities let you quickly and efficiently create highly secure applications optimized for the cloud.

Deep integration with Azure DevOps and GitHub to enhance productivity.

Advanced debugging to help you quickly find and fix bugs across languages.

Full support for .NET Core to create highly performant and scalable web apps that run on any platform.

Serverless compute power to build event-driven solutions with .NET and Azure Functions.

Reimagine developer productivity

Work with Git repositories directly in the macOS IDE, thanks to deep integration with source control. Edit your .NET projects using a powerful code editor with support for advanced refactoring and IntelliSense. Work across teams and operating systems and collaborate with other .NET developers.

A debug file in Visual Studio for Mac
A debug file in Visual Studio for Mac being published to Azure

Create highly performant and scalable web apps

Build apps that run on any platform, using .NET Core. Take advantage of the Visual Studio for Mac best-in-class editor for C#, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, and streamline your web apps using Leaner Style Sheets (LESS) and Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets (SASS) advanced features.

Develop cloud applications locally

Work without signing in to Azure by using local emulators and tools. Then easily target your applications to the cloud when you’re ready to deploy. Run and debug serverless applications with .NET Azure Functions to respond to events in production—locally, in real time.

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Keep your apps running smoothly with built-in tools

Readily identify and fix bugs and performance issues in your cloud apps using a powerful debugger. Use Visual Studio for Mac Profiler to analyze memory leaks and stack calls, and Roslyn for real-time code analysis.

The window to configure your Azure Functions project and a dropdown showing the options of triggers for initial templates.

Go serverless with Azure Functions

Create scalable, event-driven solutions with .NET and Azure Functions. Edit, build, and run Functions on your local development computer, and debug Functions that have bindings to live Azure services. Easily push your Azure Functions project directly to the cloud using the IDE.

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Use containers at your fingertips

Build microservices with Docker containers or simply containerize your .NET Core app with integrated Docker support. Quickly create and add a Dockerfile directly in the macOS IDE using the Solution Pad context menu. Build and debug your containerized apps with the full support of your IDE.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

Get started with an Azure free account


Start free. Get USD$200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.


After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.


After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

Customers using Visual Studio for Mac

Developer resources

Building and deploying

Create cloud-connected apps.

Build web apps and deploy them to Azure using open-source tools and features.

Create cloud-connected, cross-platform mobile applications and games for iOS, Android, and macOS, with Xamarin, .NET, and Unity.

Architecture and design

Architect web apps with ASP.NET Core and Azure, with a free e-book.

Access a broad collection of sample apps and code demos for all developer levels.

Frequently asked questions about Visual Studio for Mac

  • See minimum system requirements, including operating systems, hardware, and supported languages.

  • By default, all applications on a Mac, including Visual Studio for Mac, are single-instance apps. If the application you want to use is already open, selecting the associated icon again opens the running instance rather than a new one. If you need additional instances of the application, prompt the system to open them for you.

  • See purchase options.

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