I am forced to learn and practice C#, is there any applications that support and can be used to write programs in C#?

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    What have you tried? Using a simple Google combination of keywords C# Ubuntu reveals the answer already.
    – gertvdijk
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:12
  • fine i will vote to delete this question
    – AmirRazoR
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:21
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    Just from experience here - it is likely that your college course is going to assume you are on windows, and will likely use several windows only features in C# that don't always correlate to mono very well, such as winforms (although I think mono may have since implemented winforms, but I'm not sure). You may run into issues. Dec 28, 2012 at 15:17
  • well, since the day i started using ubuntu i didn't go to windows a single time. but i will keep this advice on my mind.
    – AmirRazoR
    Dec 28, 2012 at 15:49
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    @AmirRazoR The mono runtime does support Windows Forms. However, I am not aware of any integrated development environments in Ubuntu that support creating them visually. If your class is on the C# language, I'd guess it won't cover Windows Forms, but it might. If you do find you must use a Windows operating system, you might consider running Windows in a virtual machine on an Ubuntu system. Virtualizing Windows does require that you have a copy, though. (Or, if you need better graphics acceleration than a virtual machine would provide, you could run Ubuntu in a virtual machine on Windows.) Dec 28, 2012 at 16:39

4 Answers 4


Yes you can use mono

For a nice IDE to work in try monodevelop:

sudo apt-get install monodevelop

This will also pull in all the necessary runtimes needed.

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    This is the one that worked for me: sudo apt install mono-devel
    – Gathide
    Sep 30, 2020 at 8:52

What you are looking for is Mono, which is, quoting from the project's website:

An open source, cross-platform, implementation of C# and the CLR that is binary compatible with Microsoft.NET

Mono also comes with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE): MonoDevelop. Both softwares are packaged for Ubuntu.


Install via the software center


Install via the software center

This last package depends on the first one. Installing this package will automatically install the other.

  • i am installing Monodevelop right now, would this also install Mono, or i should run a specific command to install it?
    – AmirRazoR
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:27
  • @AmirRazoR: yes, it would install Mono. I've also updated my answer to add this information. Dec 28, 2012 at 14:31

You can develop C# applications on linux with .NET Core: https://www.microsoft.com/net/core

After you install it, type dotnet new in your terminal to get a list of application templates which can be generated for you to start.

As of .NET Core 2.0 today, this is the list:

Templates                                         Short Name       Language          Tags               
Console Application                               console          [C#], F#, VB      Common/Console     
Class library                                     classlib         [C#], F#, VB      Common/Library     
Unit Test Project                                 mstest           [C#], F#, VB      Test/MSTest        
xUnit Test Project                                xunit            [C#], F#, VB      Test/xUnit         
ASP.NET Core Empty                                web              [C#], F#          Web/Empty          
ASP.NET Core Web App (Model-View-Controller)      mvc              [C#], F#          Web/MVC            
ASP.NET Core Web App                              razor            [C#]              Web/MVC/Razor Pages
ASP.NET Core with Angular                         angular          [C#]              Web/MVC/SPA        
ASP.NET Core with React.js                        react            [C#]              Web/MVC/SPA        
ASP.NET Core with React.js and Redux              reactredux       [C#]              Web/MVC/SPA        
ASP.NET Core Web API                              webapi           [C#], F#          Web/WebAPI         
global.json file                                  globaljson                         Config             
Nuget Config                                      nugetconfig                        Config             
Web Config                                        webconfig                          Config             
Solution File                                     sln                                Solution           
Razor Page                                        page                               Web/ASP.NET        
MVC ViewImports                                   viewimports                        Web/ASP.NET        
MVC ViewStart                                     viewstart                          Web/ASP.NET        

The current latest version is 2.0 and covers all my needs.

  • I like that this answer seems to be IDE independent but I'm curious as to what kind of programs would be comfortable working with the projects generated by these commands? I didn't see support for Razor pages in MonoDevelop for instance. And VSCode still seems clunky to me with its very strict modular approach to plugins and compilers. Aug 17, 2018 at 17:51
  • Rider seems promising: jetbrains.com/rider but I haven't tried it yet. In the mean time I moved back to Windows, because I was missing too many features on Linux. I'm a C# developer. And Visual Studio just makes the development so much easier. I was using Sublime Text for some time on Linux.
    – Tadej
    Aug 20, 2018 at 12:28

You could use Visual Studio Code using apt:

wget -q https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install code

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or snap:

sudo snap install code --classic

After the C# package installing, the next dialog box appears:

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Clicking the marked button opens the next page, which provides the instructions for .Net Core SDK installation (along with ASP.Net Core runtime and .Net Core runtime installation instructions):

wget https://packages.microsoft.com/config/ubuntu/19.10/packages-microsoft-prod.deb -O packages-microsoft-prod.deb
sudo apt install ./packages-microsoft-prod.deb
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dotnet-sdk-3.1

monodevelop IDE seems is not an option now, because of I could not find it. But if you want to install the current mono version (For example, on 20.04, amd64 architecture) you could use official mono repository:

sudo apt install gnupg ca-certificates
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 3FA7E0328081BFF6A14DA29AA6A19B38D3D831EF
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.mono-project.com/repo/ubuntu stable-focal main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-official-stable.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mono-devel

You could also install additional mono packages, which you could find by:

apt-cache search mono

The man mono will introduce you to its usage:

       mono is a runtime implementation of the ECMA Common  Lan‐
       guage  Infrastructure.   This can be used to run ECMA and
       .NET applications.

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