It seems I can only install Xamarin Components from Component Store. Now the component I need to install is distributed via file only. How do I install it in VS?
Did you get an answer to this?
I am also having an issue with trying to install a component for an RFID reader to an Android project. The manufacturer has supplied a xamarin component (.xam) file and suggested using the the xamarin-component.exe tool to install it.
Whenever I try and download the tool I get a virus warning from Windows Defender. The link supplied for the tool is components.xamarin.com/submit/xpkg
Ok... so for anyone else struggling I have found a solution.
Through NuGet Package Manager I installed EMDK For Xamarin. This package contained the xamarin-component.exe tool.
Once it was installed I simply searched for the install directory and then used xamarin-component.exe tool to install my component.
For reference the path to the tool was C:\Users\Public\Symbol EMDK for Xamarin\VS15\v2.5 on my machine.
To install your component simply:
Once the component was installed I was then able to open Visual Studio, and my project, right click on components and add my component to the project.
Hope that helps
if you don't find the EMDK in nuget you can get the xamarin-component.exe tool here:
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