How can I get the intellisense working in visual studio 2017 for xamarin?

aspnerdaspnerd USMember ✭✭

I've installed visual studio 2017 enterprise and setup a mobile app with xamarin and for some reason I am not getting intellisense anywhere for xaml or the code behind pages (it's limited it seems).

The big sell was that there would be intellisense. What isn't it working. seems to be a dead link is unavailable


  • JimmyGarridoJimmyGarrido USXamarin Team Xamurai

    Welcome to Xamarin, and sorry to hear that you are experiencing this issue!

    I just tested a new project in Visual Studio 2017 and Intellisense worked successfully. Can you share your version information just to confirm you are on the latest version? You can go to Help > About Microsoft Visual Studio > Copy Info to get this info.

    For my test I tested with a new cross platform Forms template project and a native Android project template. Are you seeing this issue with both Android and iOS projects? Does building the project then restarting Visual Studio restore Intellisense?

  • aspnerdaspnerd USMember ✭✭

    Right now I'm just in the base mobile app working with the xaml and code behinds.

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  • HancoBothaHancoBotha USMember
    edited April 2017

    I have the same issue on VS 2017 Community. The xml schema defaults to the [project dir]\obj\Debug\Schemas instead of C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\Xml\Schemas. I have to manually add and remove the schema's for each .axml file to get intellisense to work.

    See this link:

  • aspnerdaspnerd USMember ✭✭

    I ended up having to uninstall all of the mobile development stuff and then reinstalling and then I started to get some intellisense back...

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