SDK Version Support

This article details the required versions of the various tools and SDKs that GameMaker: Studio uses. Please note that we do not recommend using third-party tools ahead of what is listed below - Studio won't know how to support them properly and you may give yourself build errors, etc.

The following tables refer to these versions:

  • Stable: 1.4.1763
  • Beta: 1.4.1763
  • Early Access: 1.99.525

Operating Systems


XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 - Stable/Beta/EA

Mac OS X

OS X 10.6 or later is required for non-App Store games - Stable/Beta/EA
OS X 10.9 or later is required for App Store games - Stable/Beta/EA

Be aware we do not support Xcode 8.3 (at all)


Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Stable/Beta/EA

  • Other distros can use the game packages we generate and may also be used for building, but we do not offer support for this.
  • Be aware also that we only offer support for physical machines, not VMs.


General Tools

  • Spine 3.0 - Stable/Beta, 3.4.02 - EA
  • Steamworks SDK 1.35a (please use ONLY this version) - Stable/Beta/EA
  • SVN 1.7 or 1.8 - Stable/Beta/EA (You are now able to use a batch file to route commands to tools of your choice)

Be aware we do not support Visual Studio 2017 RCs (at all)



Android / Amazon Fire

Android SDK (scroll down to the command line tools only, not the Android Studio download)

  • Build Tools: 24+
  • APIs Required: 23+ (However add in whatever your extensions require too)
  • Support Library: 23.2.1+
  • Support Repository: 35+

(Please note: Support libraries are not listed on SDK Manager anymore, you can find them here: \extras\android\m2repository\com\android\support\support-v4)

Android NDK (32/64 Bit depends on your OS)

  • Stable/Beta/Early Access: 12b

Java JDK

  • Stable/Beta/Early Access: 1.8 "8u102" (32/64 Bit depends on your OS)



  • Xcode 8.0 - Stable/Beta/EA
  • Minimum device OS version 8.0 - Stable/Beta/EA
  • Please note that even Xcode 7 will refuse to deploy to an iPad 1 (the only supported device which requires a lower minimum than 8.0) and you must make the archive with either no device or a more recent one attached, then export yourself an .ipa to put on the iPad.



  • SDK 2.3 - Stable/Beta/EA
  • Java Runtime 1.6 - Stable/Beta/EA


Windows YYC

Visual Studio 2013 - Stable/Beta/EA

  • Visual Studio 2010 is the latest supported by Microsoft if using Windows XP


Windows 8 (Native)

Visual Studio 2012 / "VS Express for Windows 8" - Stable/Beta/EA


Windows 8 (JavaScript)

Visual Studio 2012 / "VS Express for Windows 8" - Stable/Beta/EA

  • Visual Studio 2013 is quite safe to use if you increase the version numbers accordingly in Studio's Preferences > Windows 8


Windows Phone 8

Visual Studio 2012 / "VS Express for Windows Phone" - Stable/Beta/EA


Windows UWP

Visual Studio 2015 - Stable/Beta/EA



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