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MonoDevelop is a full-featured integrated development environment (IDE) for mono using Gtk#.

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Directory organization

There are two main directories:

  • main: The core MonoDevelop assemblies and add-ins (all in a single tarball/package).
  • extras: Additional add-ins (each add-in has its own tarball/package).


If you are building from Git, make sure that you initialize the submodules that are part of this repository by executing: git submodule update --init --recursive

To compile execute: ./configure ; make

There are two variables you can set when running configure:

  • The install prefix: --prefix=/path/to/prefix

    • To install with the rest of the assemblies, use: --prefix="pkg-config --variable=prefix mono"
  • The build profile: --profile=profile-name

    • stable: builds the MonoDevelop core and some stable extra add-ins.
    • core: builds the MonoDevelop core only.
    • all: builds everything
    • You can also create your own profile by adding a file to the profiles directory containing a list of the directories to build.


You can run MonoDevelop from the build directory by executing: make run

Installing (Optional)

You can install MonoDevelop by running: make install

(It's possible that you need to install for your locale to be correctly set.)

Packaging for OSX

To package MonoDevelop for OSX in a convenient file, just do this after MonoDevelop has finished building (with make): cd main/build/MacOSX ; make


Mono >= 3.0.4
Gtk# >= 2.12.8
monodoc >= 1.0
mono-addins >= 0.6

Special Environment Variables


If this environment variable exists we assume we are compiling inside wrench.
We use this to enable raygun only for 'release' builds and not for normal
developer builds compiled on a dev machine with 'make && make run'.


MonoDevelop website

Gnome Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) standards

Integrating with GNOME (a little out of date)


Discussion, Bugs, Patches (questions and discussion) (track commits to MonoDevelop) (track MonoDevelop bugzilla component) (submit bugs and patches here)

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