Running older versions of Xcode and Xamarin
I’m inherently optimistic. A new version of the app is available? Install it straight away! And this generally works well, I’m aware of the updates and new features and don’t get left behind.
Except when it doesn’t.
I’d updated to the latest version of Xcode (11.4) and updated Visual Studio for Mac and the corresponding Xamarin.iOS, and … let’s just say it did not go well: This method contains IL not supported when compiled to bitcode is not a message you want to see when you launch your app.
To get back to an environment that worked, I first downloaded and installed the previous version of Xcode, 11.3.3 from https://developer.apple.com/download/more/ expanded the downloaded
Xcode_11.3.1.xip and them moved the Xcode.app to my
/Applications folder and renamed it to
I used the
xcode-select command line tool to choose this new version of Xcode:
sudo xcode-select --switch /Applications/Xcode11.3.1.app
I didn’t need to change the version of Visual Studio for Mac that I had installed, but what I did need to do was install an older version of Xamarin.iOS which I found on https://github.com/xamarin/xamarin-macios - I installed
Xamarin.iOS d16.4 which corresponds to 22.214.171.124. Once downloaded I ran the package and it installed itself. You can verify the current version from the command line:
ls -l /Library/Frameworks/Xamarin.iOS.framework/Versions/Current lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 10 Apr 27 07:38 /Library/Frameworks/Xamarin.iOS.framework/Versions/Current -> 126.96.36.199
This is also visible in the About page in Visual Studio.
Finally in Visual Studio I went to the
Visual Studio->Preferences->Projects->SDK Locations page and clicked the
Browse... button to select my
Once I’d done all this I am able to build, run and support my customers.