Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 1 is now available!

Jordan Matthiesen

Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 1 is now available! This is the first public release of our .NET IDE with a refreshed, fully native macOS UI; we’d love for you to download it, try it out, and share your feedback to help us shape the next major release of Visual Studio for Mac.

We owe a huge THANK YOU to our community of private preview users – over 4,000 developers tried out the release and worked with our team to help identify, reproduce, and fix over 100 issues.

Feel at home on the Mac, with a modern Visual Studio experience

Our goal with Visual Studio 2022 for Mac is to make a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience you’ve come to love in Visual Studio. This release focuses on:

Providing a truly native macOS experience: We’re re-writing the UI in all native macOS UI to provide a comfortable Mac user experience and provide better support for assistive technologies.

Visual Studio for Mac with a dark grey and black color theme
The Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Dark Theme

Visual Studio for Mac with a light grey & white color theme
The Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Light Theme

Visual Studio for Mac showing macOS VoiceOver describing the Git Changes window
macOS VoiceOver describing contents of the new Git Changes window

Improving the speed and stability of the IDE: With the move to native, we’re also improving IDE performance, addressing longstanding UI bugs, and reducing crashes.

Improving the daily Git user experience with a new Git Changes window that is more consistent between the Visual Studio IDEs.

The Git Changes window in Visual Studio for Mac, enabling the creating of commits in Git version control.
A new Git Changes window

Building modern apps using .NET 6 and C# 10

With this release we’re adding support for .NET 6 and C# 10 development, using the .NET 6 RC1 release.

A C# minimal API app that prints Hello, World when opened via URL
Writing a minimal API with C# 10

Visual Studio for Mac continues to support web and cloud development with .NET Core 3.1 and later, mobile dev with Xamarin Traditional projects, and game development using Unity.

.NET MAUI support, coming soon

.NET MAUI is now targeting Q2 2022 for its GA release. .NET MAUI projects can be opened in Visual Studio 2022 for Mac but have very limited support at this time. We will expand support for .NET MAUI projects including workload installation, templates, build/deploy/debug, and more in future Visual Studio previews starting early 2022. You can provide any additional feedback about .NET MAUI support in Visual Studio 2022 for Mac on the Developer Community.

Keep sending us your feedback!

We’ve been working hard to address issues developers encounter when using Visual Studio for Mac on daily basis, with a particular focus on reducing crashes and hangs. Your bug reports are very important to us as we continue to improve the product – please keep those suggestions and problem reports coming! You can use the Help > Report a Problem or Help > Provide a Suggestion menus to share feedback, or go to the Visual Studio for Mac Developer Community site to vote for those that impact you the most. To learn about what’s coming next, see the Visual Studio for Mac roadmap.