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The Syncfusion Xamarin Extension provides quick access, so that you can easily create or configure the Syncfusion Xamarin projects. The Syncfusion Xamarin Extensions provides the following features.

  • Syncfusion Project Template for Xamarin.Forms
  • Syncfusion Toolbox for Xamarin.Forms

The Syncfusion Xamarin Visual Studio Extensions are installed along with the Essential Studio for Xamarin setup.


Refer to the installation guideline.

Project Template

Syncfusion provides the Visual Studio Project Templates for the Syncfusion Xamarin platform to easily create a Syncfusion Xamarin Application.


Syncfusion Xamarin Project Templates are available from v16.2.0.41.

Create Syncfusion Xamarin Application

The following steps direct you to create a Syncfusion Xamarin Application using Visual Studio 2017:

  1. To create a Syncfusion Xamarin project, choose New Project->Syncfusion-> Cross-Platform->Syncfusion Xamarin Application in Visual Studio 2017.

    Add New Project Window

  2. Name the Project, choose the destination location, and set the Framework of the project, and then click OK. The Project Configuration Wizard appears.

  3. Choose the options to configure the Syncfusion Xamarin Application by using the following Project Configuration dialog.

Project Configuration:

Choose the required Project platforms: Android, iOS, and UWP.

New Project Configuration Wizard

Assemblies From: Specify where the Syncfusion Xamarin assemblies need to be loaded from: either NuGet or Installed Location.


Installed location option will be available only when the Syncfusion Xamarin setup has been installed.


  1. Minimum Android Version: Select the oldest Android version that you want to support your application.
  2. Target Android Version: Select the version of Android to run your application.


  1. Target Device: Select the device of Xamarin.iOS Project, either Unified, iPhone/iPod, or iPad.
  2. Target Version: Choose the version of Xamarin.iOS Project.

Choose controls

Choose the Syncfusion controls that need to be added to the created project.

4.Click Create and the Syncfusion Xamarin Application will be created.


Choose any one of the project types and controls from the Project Configuration Wizard.

5.Required Syncfusion NuGet/Assemblies and configuration have been added to the project based on the control(s) chosen.

Net Standard /PCL:

NuGet references in Net Standard /PCL

Assembly references in Net Standard /PCL


NuGet references in XForms.Android

Assembly references in XForms.Android


NuGet references in XForms.iOS

Assembly references in XForms.iOS


NuGet references in XForms.UWP

Assembly references in XForms.UWP

6.Then, Syncfusion licensing registration required message box will be shown as follow, if you have installed the trial setup or NuGet packages since Syncfusion introduced the licensing system from 2018 Volume 2 (v16.2.0.41) Essential Studio release. Please navigate to the help topic which is shown in the licensing message box to generate and register the Syncfusion license key to your project. Refer to this blog post for understanding the licensing changes introduced in Essential Studio.

Syncfusion License warning message


Syncfusion provides the Visual Studio Toolbox for the Syncfusion Xamarin platform to help add the Syncfusion Xamarin (Xamarin.Forms) controls in your project. It supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and 2017. The Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox enables easy drag and drop of Syncfusion controls without XAML coding in the Visual Studio designer.


The Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox is available from v16.2.0.41.


Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox will get installed when installed the Syncfusion Xamarin setup with Additional Settings (Configure Syncfusion Extensions in Visual Studio). In any case, if toolbox not installed, please run the VSIX Installer utility to configure it in Visual Studio.

Add Syncfusion Xamarin (Xamarin.Forms) Controls in your Project

Create the Xamarin or Syncfusion Xamarin project. The following steps direct you to add the Syncfusion controls through the Visual Studio Toolbox:

  1. Choose View -> Other Windows -> Syncfusion Toolbox from Visual Studio.

    Enable Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox

  2. Click Syncfusion Toolbox menu item, the Syncfusion Toolbox wizard has been appeared. The Syncfusion control will be enabled when opening the Xamarin.Forms designer page. There is no Syncfusion control appears till open the appropriate .xaml file from the Xamarin shared/.NET Standard /PCL project.

    Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox

  3. The required Syncfusion controls design (.xaml) snippet and namespace will be added by drag and drop the required control from the toolbox to the designer.

    Required Syncfusion control code snippet and namespace in design page

    Also, the required control Syncfusion Xamarin NuGet packages will be installed automatically when drag and drop the control to the designer to render the Syncfusion control.