How do I obtain Xcode?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by scissorband, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. scissorband macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2010
    I installed Xcode from the Snow Leopard DVD, but when I try to compile anything or use MacPorts, I get this error:

    I couldn't find anywhere legitimate to download an Xcode update as the "Software Update" in OS X doesn't update Xcode I guess.

    I tried to go to the App store to create an Apple ID to download Xcode, and when I tried to create my account it says:

    And I don't want to speak to anyone.

    How else can I obtain a clean version of Xcode (not from a third-party site that might have malicious code in it, etc.)?
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    If you're running 10.7, Xcode is only available through the App Store. Set up your account and purchase it there. If you're having trouble setting it up, talk to their support. No one here can help you with that, only Apple themselves.

  3. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    This is just another reminder of Apple's gradual & deliberate decline of attention paid to the professionals who have advocated for decades on Apple's behalf. While it's typical of Apple to force us to do things their way, being forced to use the Mac App Store is just silly.

    Apple sure likes to push their customers around. Removing choices at every opportunity, seems to fulfill they're insatiable need for power.
  4. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    I don't get it...

    Xcode used to be on the install DVD of OSX.. Now Xcode is in the same place where you get OSX. It is essentially the same thing no difference.

    How is it a decline of attention to pro users? Xcode 4 is the BEST version yet, adding MANY features that other IDES (like Visual studio) have had for ages. STILL FREE, and easier to access than before!
    If anything this is just showing the people that apple is still focusing on professional developers.
  5. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Anything that Apple does is now a decline of attention to pro users. As soon as you have to get something from the Mac App Store, it clearly is no longer for pro users because PRO users do not get anything from the Mac App Store - it's far too demeaning for them due to its simplicity.

    By the way, if you're registered for the developer program, you still need to download the beta SDKs and Xcode via a browser so you can still feel like a PRO USER.


    Software update has never updated Xcode by the way.
  6. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    XCode is free on the app store. What's the big deal ?

    To use the latest Xcode you need Lion anyway and that's how it should be.
  7. Mr. Retrofire, Jan 6, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 6, 2012

    Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    No. I download the latest Xcode v4.x.x for 10.7.x from:

    (requires previous login with a free developer account)

    You assume too much. No one forces you to download Xcode from the Mac App Store. Please check your facts before you complain! Thank you! ;-)

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