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MonoDevelop is a GNOME IDE primarily targeted for the development of software that uses both the Mono and Microsoft .NET framework. It was originally a port of SharpDevelop 0.98. One of its aims is to create a best of breed development environment for Unix systems for Mono.

It supports the following languages: C, C++, C# (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0), Vala, Boo, Java, Nemerle, ILasm, ASP.NET and VB.NET.

MonoDevelop hopes to be more than just an IDE: it intends to be an extensible platform upon which any kind of development tool can be built.

MonoDevelop integrates features similar to that of Eclipse and Microsoft's Visual Studio such as Intellisense, source control integration, and an integrated GUI and Web designer. MonoDevelop 0.10 and later has an integrated GUI designer based on Stetic.

MonoDevelop comes with built in projects that help get you started with your console, Gnome# or Gtk# application.

 MonoDevelop 5.0

Free to download



Novell and the Mono ommunity


System Requirements
Mono 1.1.10 or greater
Gtk# 2.8.0 or greater
monodoc 1.0 or greater
gecko-sharp 0.10 or greater
gtksourceview-sharp 0.10 or greater

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Features include:

  • Fully object oriented API
  • Multiple language support: C#, Visual Basic.Net, C/C++, Vala
  • Very powerful add-in engine (based on the reflection capabilities of the framework, and which takes advantage of the portability of .NET assemblies)
  • Debugger Integration (Mono Debugger and GNU Debugger)
  • Class Browser
  • Assembly Browser
  • Built-in Help
  • Monodoc Integration
  • Code Completion (also known as IntelliSense)
  • Code Folding
  • Color Schemes
  • Code Refactoring
  • Code templates
  • On-the-fly error underlining
  • XML Editing
  • Embedded HTML viewer
  • Gettext support
  • GTK# Designer
  • ASP.NET - Create web projects with full code completion support and test on XSP, the Mono web
  • MSBuild project support
  • Makefile Generation
  • Support for multiple languages, both for user projects and for writing add-ins
  • Android deployment

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