I wanted to dive in to Xamarin.Forms for cross-platform developing with C# but I am using my PC for development for the time being and Visual Studio turned out to be requiring much more space than I anticipated, and some of it on System Drive even.

So my question is, can I develop projects in another IDE?

The replacement must have deployment for android systems, and would be nice to have for deployment option for windows, and ios as well.


  1. Must run on web or Windows 7 with 4GB ram
  2. Must have less than 2GB 'System Drive' size occupation requirement and less than 60GB overall size requirement
  3. Must be able to deploy for android and ideally also for Windows and IOS.
  4. Must be free
  5. Ideally lightweight

Edited for clarification thanks to suggestion from Izzy in the comments.

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    – Izzy
    Dec 6, 2017 at 16:47
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    It might be worth taking a look at Mono on your machine. I am not sure of the exact space requirements. Mono develop is a lot smaller and less prone to installation errors than VS. monodevelop.com Dec 6, 2017 at 17:50
  • My MonoDevelop takes up only 33MB on the disk, however there aren't any Xamarin Add-ins in the MonoDevelop Add-in Manager.
    – karel
    Dec 6, 2017 at 18:38
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    Use Visual Studio Code by Microsoft, can compile for gcc-7, python, java, and many more... Jun 19, 2018 at 6:51


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