Microsoft Visual Studio Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Eclipse, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft Visual Studio and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Microsoft Visual Studio are MonoDevelop (Free, Open Source), Apache NetBeans (Free, Open Source), Qt Creator (Free, Open Source) and VSCodium (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jun 11, 2021

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    • Code completion
    • Syntax Highlighting
    • Python
    • Compiler
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    • Embedded debugger
    • Autocompletion
    • Portable
    • Software developer
    • Ruby
    • Refactoring
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    • Automatic Indentation
    • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions
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    • Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle. View 151 alternatives to Eclipse
      Almost everyone thinks Eclipse is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Eclipse vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Eclipse supports multiple languages, looks good too
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      9
      One is for Java and the other is for C#
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      -37
    • MonoDevelop enables developers to write desktop and web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It also makes it easy to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and Mac OS X maintaining a single code base for all platforms. View 30 alternatives to MonoDevelop
      Most users think MonoDevelop is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio.
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • .NET Framework
      • Xamarin Studio
      MonoDevelop vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It is specifically for C# like Visual Studio is mostly used for
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      5
      I've used MonoDevelop extensively for C# work in Linux. It can work with Visual Studio projects, and much of the shortcut key mappings match Visual Studio. Support for WinForms is available, but there is no viable GUI layout tool/functionality available. A pity that there's no XAML/WPF support under Linux....
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      5
      Has to be built from source before it'll run on Windows.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      8
      It provides not only the most similar interface but also the most similar tools
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      -2
      Monodevelop, even though only for .NET languages (as far as i know) is probably the closest to Visual studio I have tried. Also, GTK# is awesome!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      2
      .NET functionality, good code recommendations
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0


    • Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework. View 98 alternatives to Apache NetBeans
      Most users think Apache NetBeans is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Apache NetBeans vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      bigbear NetBeans is an IDE, but it doesn't work for .NET languages so it's hard to call it a viable alternative.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      5
      brandomettout Free and Open Source Software. Changing leadership from Oracle to Apache Foundation.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      1
      It's for MS-Windows, MacOSX and Linux too! You can make projects independent of the OS.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      -2
    • Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework. View 131 alternatives to Qt Creator
      Almost everyone thinks Qt Creator is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Qt Creator vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Found everything in Qt Creator for Linux that is in VS for Windows.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      2
      For C++ development, QT Creator is a lot less bloated. It is fast and has all the necessary features. There is just too much unnecessary crap in VisualStudio making it slow as hell when running on a slightly older machine and also takes up gigs of disk space.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      3
      ichimitch Does not support C# as they believe "it is not widely used enough" pfft
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      -5
      It has A lot of really use full tools and you can install many extensions and even support for other programming languages then python,c++ etc
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      At first, intelligent search ib QtCreator is much better than the Microsoft's IntelliSens. Hot keys combinations are more simple and more intuitive. It looks for me more simple and intuitively clear at all.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      3
    • Binary releases of Visual Studio Code without Microsoft branding, telemetry and licensing. View 163 alternatives to VSCodium
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      VSCodium vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      its the same but without the useless features that cause more harm than good
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0


    • Cross-platform Python and Django IDE with on-the-fly code analysis and code quality tools, graphical debugger, VCS integration and more. View 67 alternatives to PyCharm
      Some users think PyCharm is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio, some don't.
    • IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains, and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition, and in a proprietary commercial edition. View 48 alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA
      This alternative is disputed. IntelliJ IDEA is still a legitimate alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      IntelliJ IDEA vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      This is only designed for Java not .net.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      9
    • Lazarus is a cross-platform IDE for the Free Pascal compiler. It tries to offer a Delphi-like programming experience through its own 'Lazarus Component Library' and supporting many platforms like Windows, OSX, Linux, BSD, Android, iOS and more. View 27 alternatives to Lazarus
      Most users think Lazarus is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • OpenSolaris
      Lazarus vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Open Source done entirely in an independent language very like TurboPascal (Delphi).
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      4
      Because of license agreement, you can create unlimited codes by using Lazarus but VS has limits in license agreement
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      I like Lazarus and Free Pascal
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
    • The intelligent cross-platform C/C++ IDE. CLion is a new IDE that helps you be more productive while developing apps with C and C++ for Windows, Linux and OS X. View 18 alternatives to CLion
      Most users think CLion is a great alternative to Microsoft Visual Studio.
      No screenshots yet
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • IntelliJ IDEA
      CLion vs Microsoft Visual Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      For its young age it is well matured and a very powerful IDE with great CMake Support and other goodies like great refactoring tools and a sophisticated code-completion system.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      1
      Greenskid Its cross platform and bring the benefits of the JetBrains IDE platform which is well polished and powerful.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      1
      Is actually designed for the same use cases as Visual Studio, while improving on VS's code completion, plugin support, and build and deployment features.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
    • RStudio™ is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R. RStudio combines an intuitive user interface with powerful coding tools to help you get the most out of R. View 47 alternatives to RStudio
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