Recommended IDEs for C# on Windows/Linux/Mac OS

The best IDE for C# on Windows is Microsoft Visual Studio. It is an IDE to develop websites, web apps, mobile apps, etc.

The following are the features of Visual Studio IDE −

  • Code Editor − Visual Studio has a code editor supporting syntax highlighting and code completion using IntelliSense.

  • Breakpoints − Set breakpoints and allow monitoring the variable values as the execution progress.

  • Extend Capability − With Visual Studio, you can extend the functionality of the IDE. The extension includes macros, packages, etc.

  • Built-in-languages − Visual Studio supports more than 30 programming languages, including C#, F#, JavaScript, TypeScript, etc.

Other alternatives for Visual Studio IDE to run C# programs −


It is an open source IDE to run C# programs but works only Microsoft Windows. SharpDevelop was developed as an alternative to Visual Studio. It is written in C#. Supports Git, SVN, NuGet,


It is a utility that allows you to run C# programs without having an IDE. Some of the features in LINQPa d is paid like autocomplete and allows the user to access it only after the payment.


It is an open source IDE that allows you to run C# on multiple platforms i.e. Windows, Linux, and MacOS. MonoDevelop is also known as Xamarin Studio.

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