Xcode is versatile, powerful and extremely rich in features. If you are an Apple developer, you simply can't live without this IDE.
What is Xcode? Xcode is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) created by Apple. It is used by software engineers to develop applications for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac. This is our Xcode download page.
- Write Code in Multiple Languages: Xcode offers support for the programming languages of AppleScript, C, C++, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Python, Ruby and Swift. Furthermore, there is third-party support for a number of other languages.
- SwiftUI: Thanks to SwiftUI, developers can easily design responsive interfaces for Apple applications. There is a live preview panel for each of the elements you build. An interesting feature is the possibility to convert an iPad app into a Mac app, and vice versa, by ticking a single checkbox. SwiftUI automatically applies support for Dark Mode, localization, accessibility, and much more.
- Version Control: Xcode is capable of creating local GIT repositories, as well as accessing remote repositories. The built-in Xcode Version Editor keeps track of the changes that were submitted to each repository and it also shows who made the changes.
How to Install Xcode?
As we are used to with Apple applications, the installation of Xcode is very straightforward. By clicking on the green download button on the top of this page you will be taken to the App Store. Subsequently click on Get and Install to download and install Xcode to your hard drive. Once the software is installed, you can run it through Applications or the Dock. As soon as you have opened the software, you can start working on your first Xcode project.
So how to update Xcode? This is once again fairly easy. Xcode will normally be updated automatically through its connection to the App Store. In case you have disabled automatic updates, you can manually visit the App Store and check if an update is available.
The latest stable version of Xcode is Xcode 12.5.1. If you are programming applications for unreleased Apple operating systems, such as iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey, you can make use of Xcode 13 Beta.
Is Xcode Free?
Yes, this IDE software is available for download completely free of charge.
How to get Xcode for Windows
There is only a Xcode Mac version of this software. The IDE is not available on other platforms.
In order to be able to run Xcode, your Mac has to make use of Apple's latest operating system: macOS 11 Big Sur.
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