How To Install Xcode On Mac

XCode is an integrated development environment (IDE) that contains a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software for macOS, iOS, WatchOS, and tvOS. It’s a must-have tool for developers targeting Apple platforms. This article will guide you through the process of installing XCode on your Mac.

System Requirements

Before we begin with the installation process, it’s important to check whether your Mac meets the system requirements for XCode. As of XCode 12, you’ll need a Mac running macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.

Installation Process

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the App Store icon in the Dock or searching for it in Spotlight.

  2. Once the App Store is open, type Xcode into the search bar in the top-right corner of the window.

  3. Click on the GET button next to Xcode in the search results. This will begin the download process.

  4. After the download is complete, Xcode will automatically install itself. You can track the progress of this installation from the Launchpad or the Applications folder.

Command Line Tools

In addition to the XCode IDE, you might also need to install XCode Command Line Tools. These tools are essential if you’re planning to use command line for building, debugging, or deploying applications. Here’s how you can install these tools:

  1. Open Terminal on your Mac. You can find Terminal by searching for it in Spotlight.

  2. Once Terminal is open, type the following command:

                xcode-select --install
  3. After running this command, a software update popup will appear. Click on the Install button to download and install the XCode Command Line Tools.


And there you have it! You now know how to install both the XCode IDE and the XCode Command Line Tools on your Mac. With these tools in hand, you’re now ready to start developing applications for the Apple ecosystem.