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    Development Environments

    The Mono project focuses on compilers and runtime libraries and does not directly provide an IDE. Developers must choose from a series of available tools the one best suited for them.


    MonoDevelop is a Mono/C# Integrated Development Environment for Windows, Linux and OS X. It parses your C# and VB programs as you type them and is able to provide contextual completion of methods.

    In late 2003, a few developers from the Mono community began migrating SharpDevelop, a successful .NET open source IDE from System.Windows.Forms on Windows to Gtk# on Linux. A rebranded version named Xamarin Studio is sold by the commercial sponsor behind the project with proprietary iOS/Android addins.

    Unix tools

    As you might expect, there are many development tools available to C# developers, ranging from bare-bones text editors to complex integrated development environments.

    Using Emacs or Vim

    Emacs and Vim are general purpose text editors, not IDEs designed for use with .NET and C#. However, you can use them to write software in nearly any language.

    For Emacs, you will want to use the C# major mode available at to handle syntax coloring and proper indentation. You may want to install the OmniSharp plugin for autocompletion and various other features.

    Vim supports syntax highlighting for C#. For autocompletion, the OmniSharp plugin is also available.


    The Eclipse IDE can be used to edit C# code, but lacks completion of methods. The emonic project is not maintained anymore.