SkiaSharp Views & Layers are a set of platform-specific views and containers that can be used to draw on the screen.

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SkiaSharp is a cross-platform 2D graphics API for .NET platforms based on Google's Skia Graphics Library ( It provides a comprehensive 2D API that can be used across mobile, server and desktop models to render images.

SkiaSharp provides cross-platform bindings for:

  • .NET Standard 1.3
  • .NET Core
  • Tizen
  • Xamarin.Android
  • Xamarin.iOS
  • Xamarin.tvOS
  • Xamarin.watchOS
  • Xamarin.Mac
  • Windows Classic Desktop (Windows.Forms / WPF)
  • Windows UWP (Desktop / Mobile / Xbox / HoloLens)

The API Documentation is available on the web to browse.

Using SkiaSharp

SkiaSharp is available as a convenient NuGet package, to use install the package like this:

nuget install SkiaSharp

Because there are multiple distros of Linux, and we cannot possibly support them all, we have a separate NuGet package that will contain the supported binaries for a few distros: SkiaSharp.NativeAssets.Linux. (distros) (more info)

There is also a early access feed that you can use to get the latest and greatest, before it goes out to the public:

Building SkiaSharp

Before building SkiaSharp:

  • Python 2.7 is available in the PATH environment variable on Windows
  • Android NDK r15 is available in the ANDROID_NDK_HOME environment variable on macOS
  • .NET Core is installed on all platforms
  • C/C++ Compiler (MSVC / "Desktop development" package on Windows)

First, clone the repository:

$ git clone

Next, set up the submodules:

$ cd SkiaSharp
$ git submodule update --init --recursive

Finally, build everything:


$ ./ -t everything


> .\bootstrapper.ps1 -t everything

Compare Code

Here are some links to show the differences in our code as compared to Google's code.

What version are we on? m68
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