Using Boots to Update Xamarin SDKs in shared CI machines.
|Product||UI for Xamarin|
|System||AppCenter, Azure DevOps, GitHub Actions or GitLab CI|
Outdated Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android
There are times in the development life-cycle where AppCenter, GitHub Actions or Azure DevOps build machines will have an outdated Xamarin.iOS or Xamarin.Android SDK installed that causes a build failure.
The solution is to use Boots. Boots is a tool makes it very easy to install a specific SDK that you need.
It's most common use is to install the latest version on an outdated public build agent. Here's the commands to install boots and then install any SDK you need
# install boots dotnet tool install --global boots # Update Xamarin.iOS SDK to the latest stable release boots --stable Xamarin.iOS # Update Xamarin.Android to the latest stable release boots --stable Xamarin.Android
You can learn more about how to use boots, including how to install preview and custom SDKs here https://github.com/jonathanpeppers/boots