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Xamarin Community Toolkit

The Xamarin Community Toolkit is a collection of common elements for mobile development with Xamarin.Forms that people tend to replicate across multiple apps. It simplifies and demonstrates common developer tasks when building apps with Xamarin.Forms.

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Sample App

Browsing the sample app is the best place to start exploring what's available today.

Installation

The Toolkit is available via NuGet, and should be installed into all of your projects (shared and individual platforms):

  • NuGet Official Releases: NuGet
  • NuGet Nightly Releases: NuGet Nightly

Browse with the NuGet manager in your IDE to install them or run this command:

Install-Package Xamarin.CommunityToolkit

Note that the C# Markup Extensions are in a separate package, install that with:

Install-Package Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Markup

Getting Started

After installation, start using the features you're after.

If you're using XAML, you can add this namespace to your root node to get access to all the goodness the Toolkit has to offer without having to add all kinds of namespaces seperately: xmlns:xct="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2020/toolkit". I.e.:

<ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2009/xaml" 
xmlns:xct="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2020/toolkit">

<xct:AvatarView />

<!-- The rest of your page here -->

</ContentPage>

Documentation

The documentation is still under construction, but we've published the most important things over at Microsoft Docs.

If you want to contribute some of the missing bits you can do this over at the official Docs repo as contributions are very much welcomed!

Contributions welcome!

If you have one or more of these common pieces of code that you are always replicating across apps, don't hesitate to contribute! We aim to be the first NuGet package you install when creating a new Xamarin.Forms app!

Please have a look at our contribution guide before you get started, as well as some information on the wiki. Also take note of the Code of Conduct we adhere to.

Project Structure

To structure our project, we have adopted a range of namespaces. You can find them below with a short description of what you will find where. For simply consuming the Toolkit in XAML you can use our simplified namespace. See the Getting Started section above.

Namespace Description
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Core Core objects that do not fit other namespaces and are used by multiple other components
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Behaviors Extended behaviors for the Xamarin.Forms components
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Converters XAML converters, used to converted your data binding data into something your XAML understands
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Effects Effects to apply light-weight renderer changes to the Xamarin.Forms renderers
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Extensions XAML Markup Extensions to make your XAML even more functional
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.ObjectModel Things that have to do with your models and objects. Probably handy for your MVVM needs
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.UI.Views Controls such as TabView, etc.
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.SampleApp Sample App where you can find all of the above for reference. Learn how to use them and see how it all looks
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.UnitTests This is where our unit tests live. Please keep growing them!
Xamarin.CommunityToolkit.Markup Everthing that has to do with writing your UI in C# code. Also known as C# Markup Extensions

Code of Conduct

As a part of the .NET Foundation, we have adopted the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct. Please familiarize yourself with that before participating with this repository. Thanks!

.NET Foundation

This project is supported by the .NET Foundation.

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