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Setup Development Environment

Setting up your development environment

  1. 1.
    This is the runtime, development kit (compiler, etc) that is used to build Avalonia applications.
  2. 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
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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
  1. 1.
    Rider will give you the very best development experience available for Avalonia. It is available for Windows, Linux and macOS
  2. 2.
    Install the Avalonia Plugin
    Once Rider loads you will see the Welcome Screen. Click the Configure dropdown and select Plugins.
rider-welcome
A new Preferences 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 that's done, click the Restart IDE button that will appear.
plugin-install
Now Rider should be ready to develop Avalonia applications.