How do I downgrade a NuGet package?

Xamarin Studio & Visual Studio both have features for selecting older versions of packages and installing them automatically; similar to how updating packages works. These steps are described below.

Visual Studio

  1. Go to “Tools -> NuGet Package Manager -> Package Manager Console”
  2. Set the project under “Default Project”
  3. Use this syntax:

Install-Package [PackageName] -Version [tab for version menu]

You can also copy/paste the exact command from the package’s NuGet page. Example for Xamarin.Forms:

Xamarin Studio

  1. In your project, right-click the packages folder & select “Add Packages”
  2. In the searchbar, you can use the following syntax to search for your required packages: [PackageName] version:*


  • Lists all Xamarin.Forms packages: Xamarin.Forms version:
  • Lists all Xamarin.Forms 1.4.x packages: Xamarin.Forms version:1.4

Note: If you add a space between version: & the version number, the search will behave as though no version was specified.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016 07:58PM EDT