I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I can install v2.8.6.3 of Monodevelop from software center but I need at least v3 to use Monogame v3 or higher. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?


  • Actually if you go to the «installation» section of theMonoDevelop's site, you will see there an official PPA for Debian and derivatives. – Hi-Angel Apr 21 '15 at 9:04
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Installing Mono develop 4 on 12.04 precise

Option 1: Compile Git version from source

First uninstall your current version of mono develop with the software centre then from the terminal run following commands:

sudo apt-get install build-essential automake checkinstall intltool git
sudo apt-get install mono-complete mono-addins-utils gtk-sharp2 gnome-sharp2
git clone git://github.com/mono/monodevelop
cd monodevelop
git checkout monodevelop-4.0
git submodule update --init --recursive
sudo checkinstall

Option 2: Installing from PPA

Un-install current version first

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:keks9n/monodevelop-latest
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install monodevelop-latest

From terminal run:

  • I gave up on monodevelop long ago but just saw your reply and decided to install anyway. I tried option1 and completed all steps succesfully but in the end I am unable to use monodevelop. There isn't any icon etc. to start it. – sercan Oct 19 '13 at 0:21
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    So going to the terminal and typing monodevelop pressing enter didn't start it up? – damien Oct 20 '13 at 15:16
  • It did work, thanks. :) I didn't know you can start it just like that. Total newbie here. – sercan Oct 20 '13 at 23:15
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    The ppa you mentioned is outdated (at least the stable version).. The ppa linked in Salv0's answer is much better... – nedR Feb 15 '14 at 12:29
  • I'm getting an error compiling it from source: Metadata file '/usr/local/lib/mono/monodoc/monodoc.dll' could not be found – Jeroen Bollen Mar 7 '14 at 16:23

The ppa from the first answer


seems to be outdated.

If you want to use the latest version ( 4.2.2+ ) with the latest runtime and so on, I suggest to use this new ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ermshiperete/monodevelop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install monodevelop-current

After this you will have monodevelop installed in the /opt/monodevelop. To start the IDE use the following script:

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    Thanks, this worked perfectly. To launch it, create a mono.desktop file with the following code: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Mono Develop Exec='/opt/monodevelop/bin/monodevelop-launcher.sh' Terminal=false – Jack M. May 2 '14 at 23:43
  • Careful with this: it doesn't add basic stuff like mono and build to the path, F# doesn't seem to build, F# binding is not yet supported under MonoDevelop 5. – Mauricio Scheffer Aug 25 '14 at 22:41
  • s/build/xbuild. – Mauricio Scheffer Aug 26 '14 at 17:37
  • Thanks, this made installation of a new workstation faster! – Michael Nov 30 '14 at 14:21

You can download the source code from here and compile it. I am using 13.04 and the version of mono is on the software center.

You can try to download from the 13.04 center for your distro (from here)

  • I downloaded the source code but I can't compile it. I am stuck on step 2 here. I extracted the files to /usr/local/src and also got repositories from github but I don't know what to do with them. – sercan Sep 21 '13 at 16:26
  • I removed and tried to download from the link you provided. I got back. – sercan Sep 21 '13 at 19:33

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