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How can I try?

If you want to try everything, let's see how to compile and test on each platform.

Compile the source code

Synchronizes the latest version of the gtk branch. Open the Xamarin.Forms.sln. Then, compile the source code. In the Output of the project Xamarin.Forms.Platform.GTK you can find the libraries:

  • Xamarin.Forms.Core
  • Xamarin.Forms.Xaml
  • Xamarin.Forms.Platform
  • Xamarin.Forms.Platform.GTK

Deploy

Linux

The package repository hosts the packages you need, add it with the following commands.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 3FA7E0328081BFF6A14DA29AA6A19B38D3D831EF
echo "deb http://download.mono-project.com/repo/ubuntu xenial main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-official.list
sudo apt-get update

To install Mono:

sudo apt-get install mono-devel

The Mono package includes: Mono Runtime, Gtk#, etc.

Open the output of a Xamarin.Forms GTK# Backend application and run:

mono Xamarin.Forms.App.GTK.exe

If you plan on developing applications, we suggest that you also install the MonoDevelop IDE after you install Mono.

MonoDevelop

MacOS

Mono supports Mac OS X version 10.7 (Lion) and later. Download the latest MacOS package.

Install Mono

The Mono package includes: Mono Runtime, Gtk#, etc.

Open the output of a Xamarin.Forms GTK# Backend application and run:

mono Xamarin.Forms.App.GTK.exe

If you plan on developing applications, we suggest that you also install the Visual Studio macOS IDE after you install Mono.

Install Mono

Raspberry PI

Raspberry Pi is capable of running a full Linux distribution. One of the most used options is Raspbian.

Raspbian

To install Mono on the Raspberry use:

sudo apt-get install mono-complete

Then you need to install the bindings between Mono and GTK:

sudo apt-get install gtk-sharp2

Copy the output of a Xamarin.Forms GTK# Backend application and run:

mono Xamarin.Forms.App.GTK.exe

GTK Backend

Windows

Mono runs on Windows, download the latest Windows installer from the download page.

Install Mono

Gtk# is included as part of the Mono installation.

Open the output of a Xamarin.Forms GTK# Backend application and double clic the .exe file.