Configure Xamarin.Forms XAML Intellisense in Visual Studio

There is a plugin available for Visual Studio to enable intellisense for Xamarin.Forms XAML.

Do not believe me? Here is what I saw before the XAML intellisense was installed.

XAML intellisense

Let's configure it in Visual Studio.

Open Visual Studio. Go to Tools > Options.


Choose Extensions and Updates from the dialog under Environmentnode. Click on Add. It will add a default item to the list. Set the item name and URL. Click on Apply and OK.


By the end of that process, you will be done adding the extension link to the Visual Studio. Now to download and install it.

Let's open Tools > Extensions and Updates. We can see the Xamarin.Forms Intellisense there. Click on Download and follow the dialog instructions to install it.

Extensions and Updates

After successful installation, it will ask to restart Visual Studio so that the changes can be applied to the IDE. Once done we can see the difference.


The following are a few points to keep in mind:

  • This component is still not stable. But works great (for me).

  • If you find that it is not working after the Visual Studio restart then please do a manual restart of Visual Studio.

  • Works with Visual Studio 2012 or later.
I hope this helps.

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