Xamarin tutorial - how to add Parse to your App


In this section you learn how to get started with a Visual Studio template and get ready to use Back4App in 5 easy steps.


To complete this quickstart, you need:

  • Visual Studio.
  • An app created at Back4App.

Step 1 - Get the template

Download the template at Back4App’s GitHub repository, and unzip files in your project folder.

You can do that using the following command line:

  $ curl -LOk https://github.com/back4app/xamarin-quickstart-example/archive/master.zip && unzip master.zip

Step 2 - Open the project template

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Click on Open Project / Solution. Visual Studio Welcome Screen

  3. Navigate to the project folder and click on Open.

Visual Studio Opening file

Step 3 - Install Required NuGet Packages

We need some additional libraries for this example. We will get them through Nuget Packages.

  1. Right click on App’s name in the Solution Explorer and click on Manage NuGet Packages.... Visual Studio Manage NuGet Packages
  2. Press on Browse, search and install the packages parse by Parse and Xamarin.Android.Support.v7.AppCompat by Xamarin Inc. . Visual Studio Browse NuGet Packages
  3. Wait for the installations to complete.

Step 4 - Setup app’s credentials

Update your strings values to set up the app’s credentials. Parse Xamarin SDK uses these settings to connect to the Back4App servers.

  1. Open your strings file: .../App1/Resources/values/strings.xml Strings.xml File
  2. Go to your App Dashboard at Back4App website.
  3. Navigate to app’s settings: Click on Features > Core Settings and press Settings.
  4. Return to your strings.xml file and paste your applicationId and dotNetKey.

See more at our Back4App’s Creating New App guide.

Step 5 - Testing your connection

  1. Build your app in a device or virtual device (Shift+F10). Build app
  2. Wait until the Hello Word! screen appears as below.

    App Screen

  3. Login at Back4App.
  4. Find your app and click on Dashboard.
  5. Click on Core.
  6. Go to Browser.

If everything works properly, you should find a class named Installation as follows: Installation at Back4App Dashboard

Next Steps

At this point, you have learned how to get started with Android apps. You are now ready to explore Parse Server core features and Back4App add-ons.

Learn more by walking around Parse open source documentation for .NET SDK.