The Xamarin Developers list of Essential Components and Nuget Packages

A list of tested and really helpful components. If you have more that you want to share please leave a comment



Allows for messagebox style dialogs to be called from your shared/PCL/MVVM code
- Action Sheet (multiple choice menu)
- Alert
- Confirm
- Date
- Loading
- Login
- Progress
- Prompt
- Toast (Snackbars)
- Time

On android, be sure to call UserDialogs.Init() before using!


Xamarin Forms plugin to load images quickly and easily on Xamarin.Forms. But also for native iOS/Android

- Drop-in replacement for Forms.Image
- Xamarin.Forms - iOS / Android / Windows (WinRT, UWP) support
- Configurable disk and memory caching
- Deduplication of similar download/load requests
- Error and loading placeholders support
- Images can be automatically downsampled to specified size (less memory usage)
- WebP support
- Image loading Fade-In animations support
- Can retry image downloads (RetryCount, RetryDelay)
- On Android transparency is disabled by default (configurable). Saves 50% of memory
- Transformations support built-in and custom native platform ITransformation implementations.

Ensure you call CachedImageRenderer.Init() on each platform!!!


Easily Create Awesome Slideover's in Xamarin.Forms


FreshEssentials for Xamarin.Forms has ONLY the most common elements you need for Xamarin.Forms. It’s contains the elements you need in almost every project and nothing more, things like BindablePicker, SegementedButtons, InverseBooleanConverter, TappedGestureAttached, ListViewItemTappedAttached and not much more. It’s the lightweight essentials

XamSVG (if it wasn't so expensive)

Really powerfull SVG Library that supports click commands and bindable color replacement

Device Abstraction


PCL Storage provides a consistent, portable set of local file IO APIs for .NET, Windows Phone, Windows Store, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android


SQLite.Net PCL is an open source, minimal library to allow .NET and Mono applications to store data in SQLite databases.
This is a fork of the original sqlite-net project, which aims to cleanup/improve the code and deliver the package as PCL assemblies with some additional platform-specific implementations.


Get network connectivity information such as network type, speeds, and if connection is available. Additional functionality includes the ability to ping a specific host and port number. Ensure you have proper permissions set by reading the README.


Take or pick photos and videos from a cross platform API.


A cross-platform way of getting your app version.
Use: CrossVersion.Current.Version;



Portable Javascript Object Signing and Encryption (JOSE) and JSON Web Token (JWT) implementation for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Silverlight 8 and .NET framework platforms
based on PCLCrypto portable crypto layer


The automatic type-safe REST library for Xamarin and .NET



Never write INotifyPropertyChanged stuff anymore 😀


Polly is a .NET 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / PCL library (Profile 259) that allows developers to express transient exception handling policies such as Retry, Retry Forever, Wait and Retry or Circuit Breaker in a fluent manner.


5 thoughts on “The Xamarin Developers list of Essential Components and Nuget Packages

  1. Charles says:

    Thanks for the list; bookmarked!

  2. vlkam says:

    Thanks a lot, very interesting
    Can I subscribe to your blog ? Unfortunately I cannot found this option

  3. Ryan says:

    I think you change the SQLite.Net.Async-PCL suggestion. Øystein’s SQLite PCL implementation doesn’t support Android 7.

    Frank Krueger’s does, and it’s the recommended package.

  4. Fahad says:

    interesting blog , Thanks

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