Use F# on Windows
Option 1: Install the Visual F# Tools from Microsoft
On Windows, F# programmers commonly use the Visual F# Tools from Microsoft.
- Install the free Visual Studio 2013 Community; if you already have Visual Studio 2013 Professional or above, you can use that. Visual Studio 2013 Community and above come with the Visual F# Tools.
The Visual F# Tools include the command-line compiler (
fsc.exe) and F# Interactive (
See Visual F# Resources for more information about the Visual F# Tools from Microsoft.
Optionally, install the community-provided Visual F# Power Tools, for use with Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 (Community or higher, not Express, see above). They include source code formatting, auto-generating XML Docs, navigation bar, highlight and find references, rename refactoring, depth colorizer, implement interface, record stub generation, union pattern match case generation and the navigate-to command.
Note to ReSharper users
With some versions of ReSharper, the
Alt+Enter shortcut key for the
Execute in Interactive
command of the Visual F# Tools doesn’t work, as ReSharper overrides this for its own purposes.
To fix this, either upgrade to ReSharper 126.96.36.1999 or greater, or install the resharper-fsi-friendly plugin.
If you are using Visual F# Power Tools along side with ReSharper, there is a known issue where some F# commands are hidden by ReSharper. This is fixed in ReSharper 9.0. For previous versions, you can workaround by disabling the ReSharper option “Hide overridden Visual Studio menu items” (ReSharper -> Options -> Keyboard & Menus).
Option 2: Install F# and Xamarin Studio
Xamarin Studio is a free IDE for general purpose development with commercial add-ins for mobile development. MonoDevelop is a free and open source IDE based on the same code. F# can be used with either.
- Install the free standalone F# compiler tools, following Option 1 above or Option 3 below.
- Install Xamarin Studio or MonoDevelop for Windows
Option 3: Install the free F# compiler and tools alone
If you’re just looking for F# command-line tools, e.g. for a build server or cloud VM image, then use the following requirements and installation steps:
Requires .NET 4.5:
On Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Server, this is already present by default
On Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server, install .NET 4.5 from Microsoft
Requires the Windows SDK:
Install the free Visual F# Tools 3.1.2 from Microsoft
Alternatively, do a quiet install from a PowerShell administrator prompt (the URL is the redirect of the above).
$webclient = New-Object Net.WebClient $url = 'http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/A/3/EA38D9B8-E00F-433F-AAB5-9CDA28BA5E7D/FSharp_Bundle.exe' $webclient.DownloadFile($url, "$pwd\FSharp_Bundle.exe") .\FSharp_Bundle.exe /install /quiet
The compiler tools are installed at
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\F#\3.1\Framework\v4.0\fsc.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\F#\3.1\Framework\v4.0\fsi.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\F#\3.1\Framework\v4.0\fsiAnyCpu.exe
If you’re looking for Visual F# Tools 3.0 specifically, its standalone version could be downloaded here.
Option 4: Install Tsunami
Tsunami is an innovative fully featured F# IDE. It is capable of being embedded directly into other desktop applications and websites.
Option 5: Build F# from source
- Build and contribute to the F# compiler and library from the source
Option 6: Run already compiled F# code on servers
Compiled F# code depends on the FSharp.Core.dll assembly. This file is not part of a standard .NET installation, so in order to execute applications written in F# on servers (or other machines without developer tools), it must be installed or bundles with your application. The recommended procedure is to bundle this component with your final application.
The Visual F# Tools downloads from Microsoft installs FSharp.Core.dll into GAC, as well as the command-line tools fsc (the F# compiler) and fsi (F# Interactive).