Visual Studio for Mac 17.5 is now available

Iain Holmes

We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio for Mac 17.5. Along with the usual incremental improvements, we’ve focused on improving the Git experience for this release. Read along as we look at these improvements and the other big changes made. As always, if you want to know all the changes made during this release, you can check out the release notes.

If you are already using the Visual Studio for Mac Preview release, use the Visual Studio > Check for Updates… menu item to update. If you aren’t using it yet, download it now:

Git Improvements

A detail of the Git Status bar. From left to right, it contains a button reading "main", and label reading "HEAD" and a button reading "5 changes"


The most noticeable new Git feature is the new Git Branch Selector in the status bar. From here, you can quickly see what branch you are on at any time and whether there are changes that need to be staged. In the branch selector menu, you can create a new branch or switch and manage existing branches and tags.

The new branch switcher menu. It contains the following items "New Branch…", "Merge…", "Rebase…", "release/vsmac17.4", "main", "latest-vsmac", "roslyn-post-bump", "Locals (4)", "Remotes (240)", "Tags (448)" and "Branches and Remotes…". The Locals, Remotes and Tags menus are have submenus.

Clicking on the Changes indicator reveals the Git Changes tool window, where we have made some other significant changes.

The Git Changes tool window is now more aligned with the UI you already know on Visual Studio for Windows, helping people who switch between both environments. In addition to being a more familiar experience, the UI also makes it easier to see what changes are staged and what changes still need to be acted upon. Inline buttons allow files to be staged, unstaged, or have the changes discarded.

New UI for the Git Changes tool window. At the top right are two buttons labelled "Pull" and "Push". Below that is an empty text box with the placeholder text "Commit or stash message". Under that is a row of three controls: a popup button reading "Commit all", a checkbox labelled "Amend", and a segmented control with the symbols for "list" and "tree". Below that is the staged changes table. There are currently no staged changes. Finally at the bottom are the unstated changes. There is 1 change, displayed in a tree format under its parent folder. There is also a button that reads "Stage All"
The new git changes tool window with an improved work flow

And if you don’t have a Git repository set up yet, we’ve added some extra guidance in dialogs to help you get started.

Hot Exit

Git isn’t the only area that has seen improvements. We’ve brought another new feature to Visual Studio for Mac 17.5 called Hot Exit.

Hot Exit allows you to quickly exit the application for whatever reason when you have unsaved changes in files without having to go through the “Save Changes” dialog box. Then, when you come back to the application your changes persist as unsaved changes. Hot Exit means Visual Studio for Mac 17.5 will no longer show dialogs that prevent shutdown.

Hot Exit is enabled by default, but can be turned off in Application Preferences > Text Editor > General

Editor Productivity

We’ve also made some improvements to make you more productive in the editor. One such improvement is to font support. Some fonts which couldn’t be used, or didn’t work correctly before – Fira Code Light for example – now work perfectly.

Selection highlighting has also been added to the editor to help you find other text that matches your selection quicker and easier than before.Three lines of code in the editor. They read "Console.WriteLine("Hello, Seattle"); Console.WriteLine("Good night, Seattle"); Console.WriteLine("Good morning Seattle, I'm listening");" The word Seattle is selected on the first line. The other occurrences of the word "Seattle" on the second and third lines are also highlighted

Unit Testing Improvements

You’ll also find performance enhancements in the Unit Test tool window. Its UI got some speed improvements under the hood, we made some updates to the quality of the overall experience, and unit test discovery is now faster and more reliable at finding unit tests in your solutions, and it now uses the correct architecture when running tests when using .NET 6.0

Visual Studio for Mac 17.6 Preview 1

Today, we are also shipping the first preview of our next release – Visual Studio for Mac 17.6. A large focus for the 17.6 series is improving the quality of the overall experience and general performance.

With Visual Studio for Mac 17.6 Preview 1, you’ll find a new asynchronous lightbulb/Quickfix feature that makes the experience of using the lightbulb menu much smoother and more productive. You will no longer have to wait for all the suggestions to be gathered before seeing the menu.

We’ve also introduced a new Go to capability to the Hex Editor to make it easier to navigate – press Ctrl+G and enter the byte offset. You can use either decimal or hex values by prefixing 0x.

Hex editor showing the Go to position entry. The entry has 0xd0 written in it

You’ll be able to install the preview alongside the stable 17.5 release, so give it a try today:

Please keep sharing your feedback

Please continue to share your thoughts and keep sending those suggestions or problem reports! 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 your favorites.


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  • Tanvir Ahmad Arjel 2

    Sad but true is that Visual Studio Mac is a completely useless product.

    1. Super slow.
    2. Very basic features are missing.
    3. Debugger does not work properly.
    4. Test Explorer is broken. Cannot debug or run individual tests.
    5. Cannot close all output windows at once.
    6. Install .NET 8.0 SDK but does not show in Visual Studio’s latest preview.

    Recently I have switched from Windows to Mac and found Visual Studio Mac a completely useless product compared to Visual Studio windows. So trying to use Jetbrain Rider.

    • Stefano Driussi 3

      Care to elaborate on this ? It is true that VS on Mac is not on par feature wise with the version on Windows, but calling it a “completely useless product” is not fair.

      • Tanvir Ahmad Arjel 2

        Currently, it’s really useless. It even cannot format the brackets and parentheses. Cannot complete the bracket and parentheses pair.

    • Erik Read 0

      While it is probably a stretch to call VS for Mac completely useless, I do agree with much of what you say.
      VS for Mac will never be as feature rich or complete as VS for Windows and that is a shame.
      I too am looking at Rider. It’s kind of funny that Rider integrates with TFVC while VS for Mac does not. Not all of us work at places that have moved to Git yet.

      I don’t think there are enough devs using VS on a Mac for it to garner enough attention from MS. Sad.
      Maybe drop VS on the Mac platform and focus on extensions for VS Code. I think it is a better .Net environment on the Mac than VS.

  • Michael Argentini 0

    This release as well as the newest 17.6 Preview 2 don’t recognize DefaultTargets in the .csproj file’s tag. Using the dotnet CLI builds properly, Rider builds properly, and VS on Windows builds also builds properly.

  • Carlos Ortega 0

    When are you going to put back the .NET MAUI Support in Visual Studio for Mac ? …In the Projects Template Gallery of Visual Studio for Mac V 17.5.2 it does not appear anymore ?

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