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How to Download Xcode 12 for Mac and Get Started with Mac Catalyst


How to Download Xcode 12 for Mac




Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) that allows you to create apps for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. It provides you with tools and frameworks that are optimized for Apple's platforms and technologies. With Xcode, you can design user interfaces, write code, test and debug your apps, and submit them to the App Store.


Xcode 12 is the latest version of Xcode that was released in June 2020. It has an all-new design that looks great on macOS Big Sur, customizable font sizes for the navigator, streamlined code completion, new document tabs, and more. It also builds Universal apps by default to support Apple Silicon Macs, without changing a single line of code.




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In this article, we will show you how to download and install Xcode 12 on your Mac. We will also cover some of the common issues and solutions that might arise during the installation process.


Prerequisites




Before you proceed to install Xcode 12, you first need to verify that your macOS is up to date. You'll need Xcode version 12 or later, which can only be installed on macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.


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To check the macOS version on your Mac, click on the Apple icon on the top left corner of your screen. Next, click on the About This Mac option. You should see the system configurations of your Mac.


The screenshot below shows that the current macOS is Catalina, and the version is 10.15.5. Keep in mind that macOS Catalina version 10.15.4 is the earliest version of macOS that supports Xcode 12.


If your Mac is running an older version of macOS, check if it is compatible with macOS Catalina. If it is, follow these instructions to update the operating system. If you'd like to perform a full installation of macOS Catalina, follow these steps from the Apple support page.


To check if you already have Xcode installed on your Mac, you can do so either by searching through the Applications directory in the Finder window or by searching for it using Spotlight Search. Use Command + Spacebar for a shortcut on pulling up the Spotlight Search.


If you have Xcode installed, you should see the icon as shown below in the list of Applications. Notice its version, 12.1, listed on the right hand side.</p Installation Steps




There are two ways to download and install Xcode 12 on your Mac: from the Mac App Store or from the Apple Developer website. We will explain both methods below.


Method 1: Download Xcode 12 from the Mac App Store




This is the easiest and most recommended way to get Xcode 12 on your Mac. Follow these steps:


  • Open the Mac App Store app on your Mac. You can find it in the Dock or in the Applications folder.



  • In the search box on the top right corner, type "Xcode" and hit Enter.



  • You should see the Xcode app as the first result. Click on the Get button to start downloading it. If you have already downloaded Xcode before, you may see an Update button instead.



  • Depending on your internet speed and the size of Xcode, the download may take some time. You can check the progress in the Launchpad app or in the Purchased tab of the Mac App Store app.



  • Once the download is complete, you can open Xcode from the Launchpad app or from the Applications folder. You may need to agree to the license agreement and install some additional components before you can use Xcode.



Congratulations, you have successfully installed Xcode 12 on your Mac!


Method 2: Download Xcode 12 from the Apple Developer website




This method is more suitable for advanced users who want to have more control over the installation process or who want to download a specific version of Xcode. Follow these steps:


  • Go to the Apple Developer website and sign in with your Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one for free.



  • Click on the Downloads tab on the top menu bar. You should see a list of software and tools available for download.



  • Scroll down to find the Xcode section. You should see different versions of Xcode with their release dates and sizes. Click on the Download button next to the version you want to download. In this case, we will choose Xcode 12.1.



  • You may need to enter your Apple ID and password again to confirm the download. You should see a .xip file being downloaded to your Mac.



  • Once the download is complete, locate the .xip file in your Downloads folder or wherever you saved it. Double-click on it to extract it. This may take some time depending on the size of Xcode.



  • You should see a new folder with the same name as the .xip file. Inside it, you should see the Xcode app. Drag and drop it to your Applications folder or wherever you want to keep it.



  • You can now open Xcode from your Applications folder or from Spotlight Search. You may need to agree to the license agreement and install some additional components before you can use Xcode.



Congratulations, you have successfully installed Xcode 12 on your Mac! Common Issues and Solutions




While installing Xcode 12 on your Mac, you may encounter some issues that prevent you from completing the process successfully. Here are some of the common problems and their solutions:


Issue 1: Not enough disk space




Xcode 12 is a large app that requires a lot of disk space to download and install. If you don't have enough free space on your Mac, you may see an error message like this:


To fix this issue, you need to free up some disk space on your Mac. You can do this by deleting unwanted files and apps, emptying the Trash, or using a third-party app like CleanMyMac X to optimize your storage.


To check how much disk space you have left on your Mac, click on the Apple icon on the top left corner of your screen. Next, click on the About This Mac option. Then, click on the Storage tab. You should see a bar graph showing how much space is used and available on your Mac.


If you have less than 20 GB of free space, you should try to free up some more before installing Xcode 12.


Issue 2: Slow or interrupted download




Xcode 12 is a large app that requires a fast and stable internet connection to download. If your internet speed is slow or your connection is interrupted, you may see an error message like this:


To fix this issue, you need to improve your internet connection. You can do this by moving closer to your router, using an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi, or switching to a different network.


To check your internet speed, you can use a website like Speedtest.net or Fast.com. You should have at least 10 Mbps of download speed and 5 Mbps of upload speed for a smooth download of Xcode 12.


If your internet connection is fine but the download is still slow or interrupted, you can try to pause and resume the download from the Mac App Store or the Apple Developer website. You can also try to restart your Mac and try again. Issue 3: Damaged or incomplete app




Sometimes, the Xcode app may get damaged or corrupted during the download or inst


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