How do you back up your Xcode finished projects?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by stera8, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. stera8 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2014
    I have a few apps and one I really want to make sure it is backed up. I would like to have them on a flash drive. I currently use time machine but what is the best way to backup a Xcode project?

    I tried to just copy it over once before and open it on another computer and it didn't transfer that great.

    Is there something I did wrong or am I just missing common sense on this one?

    Thank you
  2. PhoneyDeveloper macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2008
    You should be using git on a remote host. I use, it's free for small projects.
  3. lht1999 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2015
    I host all my projects on bitbucket. With a version control tool (such as git) you can make changes from multiple computers without copying files around. You should use it even if you only work from one computer.
  4. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    I use git for version control and bit bucket as a remote host.

    Also dropbox backs up the files too.
  5. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    My work is backed up 3 ways :)

    - Locally to an external using Time Machine.
    - Offsite using an online backup service
    - Offsite to the main/origin/canonical repo (either BB or GH)

    The first two apply to _all_ my data, including things like iPhone backups. The last is specific to pretty much any code. Technically, for web/network based work, I get another set of backups with deployment, that’s usually staging and production! :)
  6. grandM macrumors 65816


    Oct 14, 2013
    Thanks for the advice. I just created an account myself.
  7. 1458279 Suspended


    May 1, 2010
    I'd be concerned as to why the backup you did, didn't work. If you have a project in a directory and back that up to a flash drive, you should be able to open it on another computer.

    Was the problem related to Xcode settings?

    I know there are times when you download a project and the targets don't work or some other settings problem. Those aren't likely stored inside of a project.

    This could be a problem when you backup and then change versions of Xcode. In that case, you'd need a backup not only of a project, but of Xcode and all it's settings as they were when you worked on that project. That could be troublesome.
  8. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    It's already been said multiple times, but I'll chime in as well and say I use BitBucket.
  9. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    I'll also recommend bitbucket, because it's totally free to have private projects. On Github you have to have a paid account to host private projects (meaning the rest of the world can't see it). For tiny or personal projects you might not care if others can see the source, but for commercial projects I always host them on Bitbucket. Also, I like Bitbucket's Teams system better than Githubs, so it's easy to work on the same project with other developers.

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