Upgrading g4 to run xcode

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by a sandwhich, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. a sandwhich macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I have an old 15" imac g4 with osx 10.2.8. Would it be possible for me to run xcode on this thing? If not, would I have to upgrade the os? And how should I go about doing that?
  2. balamw, Jan 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011

    balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

    EDIT: If you upgrade all the way to Leopard, and can find an installer for Xcode 3.1 you might be able to run that according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xcode

    EDIT2: I verified that you can still download 3.1.4 from developer.apple.com, but it is a bit tricky to find.

  3. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    What is your goal? XCode is going to be slow, and you will never get some things working on it (iPhone/iPad development for one thing).
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    I just checked, and I found Xcode 1.0, along with every Xcode version after that.

    1. Login.
    2. Click "Developer Tools" link in Downloads column at right.
    3. Scroll to bottom of page.
    4. Last item listed: Xcode 1.0. Requires OS 10.3.

    As I recall, Xcode 1.0 was pretty bad. I wouldn't bother with it. Get the highest Xcode version that runs on the highest OS version the G4 can handle. I have a 500 MHz dual G4 that I fire up occasionally for compatibility testing. It runs OS 10.4.11 fine, and has Xcode 2.4.1 on it.

    I agree with larkost: What is your goal? Without knowing that, the above is only of archaeological interest.
  5. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    At least find a Tiger install disc. You can run a version of XCode on Tiger that is able to generate Universal binaries. If all you want to do is write Mac apps, that should be sufficient (though the 10.5 version is much easier to work with).
  6. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    In the 10.2 era it was called Project Builder. I'd suggest upgrading the Mac to 10.4 or 10.5 (depending on the specs) and install the appropriate version of the XCode.
  7. Blakeasd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2009
    I would recommend upgrading the machine itself. Because it is a G4 processor you won't be able to run Snow Leopard. The latest version requires Snow Leopard. If you do decide just to upgrade the operating system Leopard would be slow and Xcode would be unusable. f you don't have enough money to purchase a new Intel Mac I would recommend getting one on eBay.
    Thanks for asking,
  8. Imhotep397 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    People are ridiculous when they start saying you need the latest and greatest Mac to run Xcode. I mean for ANYTHING really? If I want to print a "Hello World" do I really need a 12 core Mac...seriously? The thing that annoys me is that it looks like they eliminated the archive of all of the previous Xcode versions (WTF?!) Honestly I just want an older PowerPC version for gcc and the GNU make so I can use Fink to compile a few generally "light" but critical apps. I mean C'mon. If anyone has the latest Tiger compatible version of Xcode they wouldn't mind sharing PLEASE contact me.
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    It's on the Apple website. Where it has always been.

    Oh and you absolutely do need an Intel mac to do iPhone / iPad development which is why people were recommending a 'modern' mac and trying to find out the users motivation.
  10. chown33, Feb 22, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011

    chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    No. See my post #4 above.

    Where did you look? Be specific.

    When I log into Apple Developer Connection using a free developer account, I see a list on the right that says "Downloads" and has a bunch of links. Click "Developer Tools". It should take you to a page that has every version of Xcode ever released, all the way back to Xcode 1.0 (which is crap compared to the Project Builder of similar vintage, but is nonetheless available).

    See my post #4 above.
  11. Imhotep397 macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    I also have a free account and when I log in I haven't seen anything yet that's as generic as "Downloads." I see specific links to the "Mac Dev Center" / "iOS Dev Center"... Wait

    I just searched for "Downloads" and noticed there's an ADC link. On a lark I investigated that and it looks like the "Apple Developer Connection" site is now pretty much obsolete except the archive and the newer "Dev Center" site is the permanent face of Apple Development support online (it's been a while since I've been in here). Anyway, I'll definitely have to bookmark that link since it's not really straight forward to get to it. Hopefully Apple won't completely eradicate the page at some point without notice.
  12. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    The https://connect.apple.com/ link is under the "Additional Downloads" heading at the bottom of:

    The top level of tools, docs, etc. are targeted to current platforms: Snow Leopard, App Store, iOS, Xcode 4, etc. Everything else, including all the archives, is at "Additional Downloads". I would hardly say that putting them one level distant from the current tools is in any way making them obsolete or subject to eradication.
  13. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    If you are not a registered developer yet, then go to "login", click "join", and at the bottom of that page become a registered developer for free.

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