I am learning to program in Visual Basic .NET at school, and am using Visual Studio Express.

My teacher said that I can download Mono to practise programming at home, and as my exam is soon, I want to start practising.

I have read that it comes installed by default in some versions of Ubuntu. I'm currently using 13.04. I don't think it is installed already though.

What do I need to do to get mono? Would a sudo apt-get install mono-runtime do the job? Is there anything else I would need to do?


  • Just got this error: Error while trying to load the project '/home/file/location/HelloWorld.vbproj': Project does not support framework '.NETFramework,Version=v4.0' May 14, 2013 at 12:11

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I just checked my installation of 13.04, and Mono is not installed.

To install Mono, this will install Mono Run-time, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install mono-runtime

If mono Develop is what you're after, then

sudo apt-get install monodevelop

Mono focuses on compilers and run-time libraries and does not directly provide an IDE. MonoDevelop is a cross platform IDE mostly aimed at Mono/.NET developers. For more info see MonoDevelop, and Mono

  • Than you! So does the runtime let me run mono applications, and develop lets me make them? May 14, 2013 at 12:07
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    if you're interested in development then you should consider using the mono-complete package
    – STW
    Jul 3, 2013 at 14:09

It's easiest to install using the Ubuntu Software Center. Just search for "mono" in Ubuntu Software Center and you can install it from there. It's called "MonoDevelop". You can also use this link: http://apt.ubuntu.com/p/monodevelop

  • Thanks! Do I need the Compiler add on for VB.NET as well? May 14, 2013 at 12:07
  • If you're looking to compile Visual Basic .NET solutions, (as you said you are) then yeah, you will. May 14, 2013 at 12:18

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