[MonoDevelop] OSX application from a .NET source

Kris Ray kray at landmarkdigital.com
Thu May 13 22:58:51 EDT 2010

Yes, you can do this.

However, there are a few special things to be aware of:

- Your winforms app may not look exactly the same - you will need to tweak your UI a bit
- If you use any windows specific API calls, obviously that won't work.

The UI on some apps seems to require very little work.  Other apps need major work.

To do a quick test, just copy your compiled app to the Mac.  Then, from the command line, run "mono YourApp.exe".


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Subject: [MonoDevelop] OSX application from a .NET source

I've done some searching on the forum prior to posting, so my apologies if
this is actually answered someplace and I missed it.  I've also been going
thru the FAQ on mono as well, but its not clear to me.

I was told that if I have a program that is written in VB2008 (thus a .NET
app) that I can use mono to build and run on a Mac running OS-10.5, such
that it runs as if it was a native application.  However in reading thru
some of the forum Q&A, it appears that may not be the case.

The end result is...I want to be able to port my application currently
running on Windows to Mac, and have it behave as native, meaning not having
to load up other apps to make it run...Xwin, etc.  Simply just "run" the
program.  Yes I know there may be some tweaking involved.

So, pretty much what I am looking for is a yes or no answer....will mono
allow me to do this?
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