Xamarin Toolbox control

14 Oct 20212 minutes to read

To include the Syncfusion Xamarin (Xamarin. Forms) controls in your project, Syncfusion provides a customized Visual Studio Toolbox for the Syncfusion Xamarin platform. It supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and later. The Syncfusion Xamarin toolbox helps you use the Syncfusion controls without coding in the Visual Studio designer.


The Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox is available from v16.2.0.41.

Create a Microsoft Xamarin project or Syncfusion Xamarin project by using Syncfusion project template. The steps below will guide you through adding the Syncfusion controls to the Visual Studio Toolbox:

Check whether the Xamarin Extensions - Syncfusion are installed or not in Visual Studio Extension Manager by going to Tools -> Extensions and Updates -> Installed for Visual Studio 2017 or lower, and Extensions -> Manage Extensions -> Installed for Visual Studio 2019 by going to Extensions -> Manage Extensions -> Installed. If this extension not installed, please install the extension by follow the steps from the download and installation help topic.

  1. Follow one of the choices below to launch the Syncfusion Toolbox Wizard:

    Option 1:
    Click Syncfusion Menu and choose Essential Studio for Xamarin > Launch Toolbox… in Visual Studio.

    Syncfusion Xamarin Custom Toolbox via Syncfusion menu


    From Visual Studio 2019, Syncfusion menu is available under Extensions in Visual Studio menu.

    Syncfusion Xamarin Custom Toolbox via Syncfusion menu

    Option 2:
    Choose View > Other Windows > Syncfusion Toolbox in Visual Studio.

    Syncfusion Xamarin Custom Toolbox menu

  2. The Syncfusion Toolbox wizard opens when you click the Syncfusion Toolbox menu item. When you access the Xamarin.Forms designer page, the Syncfusion control will be enabled. Until you open the appropriate xaml file from the Xamarin shared/.NET Standard /PCL project, no Syncfusion control appears.

    Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox wizard

  3. By dragging and dropping the required control from the toolbox to the designer, the required Syncfusion controls design (.xaml) snippet and namespace will be inserted.

    Required Syncfusion control code snippet and namespace in design page

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

  4. Then, Syncfusion licensing registration required message box will be shown if you installed the trial setup or NuGet packages since Syncfusion introduced the licensing system from 2018 Volume 2 (v16.2.0.41) Essential Studio release. 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.