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Setup Development Environment

Setting up your development environment

  1. Download and install .NET 5 SDK Download .NET (Linux, macOS, and Windows) (microsoft.com)

    This is the runtime, development kit (compiler, etc) that is used to build Avalonia applications.

  2. Install Avalonia Templates

    Run the command dotnet new -i Avalonia.Templates from the command prompt on your machine.

    The output will look similar to this.

    $ dotnet new -i Avalonia.Templates
      Determining projects to restore...
      Restored /Users/danwalmsley/.templateengine/dotnetcli/v5.0.200/scratch/restore.csproj (in 706 ms).
    
    Templates                                     Short Name            Language    Tags
    .....
    
    Avalonia Resource Dictionary                  avalonia.resource                 ui/xaml/avalonia/avaloniaui
    Avalonia Styles                               avalonia.styles                   ui/xaml/avalonia/avaloniaui
    
    Examples:
        dotnet new mvc --auth Individual
        dotnet new mstest
        dotnet new --help
        dotnet new avalonia.mvvm --help
    $
    
  3. Download and install Rider: The Cross-Platform .NET IDE from JetBrains

    Rider will give you the very best development experience available for Avalonia. It is available for Windows, Linux and Mac

  4. Install the Avalonia Plugin

    Once Rider loads you will see the Welcome Screen. Click the Configure dropdown and select Plugins.

rider-welcome

A new Preferenes Screen will open up. Click the Settings icon as shown and select Manage Plugin Repositories...

configure-plugin-repos

Click the + icon and enter the url https://plugins.jetbrains.com/plugins/dev/14839then click OK

enter-plugin-repo

Now click on the Marketplace tab and search for Avalonia. Select AvaloniaRider and click Install then once thats done, click the Restart IDE button that will appear.

plugin-install

Now Rider should be ready to develop Avalonia applications.