Xcode includes everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Xcode provides developers a unified workflow for user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging. The Xcode IDE combined with the Swift programming language make developing apps easy and fun.

Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift and C/C++/Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, simulators, the latest SDKs, and hundreds of powerful features:

Innovative tools help you create great apps
• Swift is an intuitive programming language that is safe, fast, and modern
• SwiftUI is a revolutionary new framework to create user interfaces with a declarative Swift syntax
• Playgrounds are a fun way to experiment and interact with Swift code
• View debugging shows a 3D stack of all your app's UI view layers at runtime
• Split editors in virtually unlimited ways, show previews, or choose an assistant to see related content
• Live Issues display errors as you type, and Fix-its improve your code with just a click
• Source control navigator and service integrations help you manage code across a team

SwiftUI and Interface Builder make it easy to design your interface
• SwiftUI uses declarative Swift code that clearly describes your interface
• Design canvas graphically builds UI views using the library of controls and modifyers
• Preview SwiftUI code or UIKit interfaces in different screen sizes, orientations, and font sizes
• SwiftUI code is always in perfect sync with the graphical design canvas and previews
• Animations are built using simple commands that describe the action you want to see

Professional editor and debugger keep your code front and center
• Refactoring makes it easy to modify the structure of Swift, Objective-C, C, and C++ code
• Open Quickly instantly opens any file within your project
• Data tips and Quick Look can inspect a variable by hovering your mouse over code while debugging
• Third-party app extensions can add new capabilities to the source editor

Test driven development is built right in
• Use the Test Navigator to add, edit, or run unit tests or user interface tests with just a click
• Test Assistant makes it easy to edit your code and related tests, side-by-side
• Create continuous integration bots to build and test on a server Mac running Xcode

Instruments for performance analysis
• Compare CPU, disk, memory, and GPU performance as graphical tracks over time
• Identify performance bottlenecks, then dive deep into the code to uncover the cause
• Analyze your app directly, or sample the entire system with very little overhead
• Create custom instruments with unique visualizations to analyze your own code and frameworks

To test or run applications on an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Apple Watch all you need is a free Apple ID. To submit your apps to the App Store you must be a member of the Apple Developer Program. Some features may require Internet access.

What’s New

Version 12.1

Xcode 12.1 includes Swift 5.3 and SDKs for iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Catalina

Platform features
• App Clips are a small part of your app that’s discoverable at the moment it’s needed, loads in seconds, and launches quickly
• WidgetKit uses SwiftUI to build beautiful new widgets that users can install directly on their iPhone home screen
• StoreKit testing framework and transaction manager make it easy to test and debug in-app purchases

Refined user interface
• Document tabs open any type of document in a lightweight editor tab, including logs, asset catalogs, and UI files
• Navigator fonts are now resizable based on the system setting, or can be manually configured
• Code completion has a new, simplified interface that is faster, and makes it easier to choose the correct code
• Organizer is completely redesigned, and reports new app metrics such as hitches in animation and scrolling

Swift and SwiftUI
• Performance for SwiftUI has been improved throughout, and new Lazy views can efficiently handle enormous data sets
• SwiftUI Views can be turned into reusable components that appear in the Xcode library and in code completions
• Swift Package Manager supports resources and localizations, making it great for sharing SwiftUI components
• Swift compiler’s improved diagnostics make it much easier to understand coding mistakes, especially in SwiftUI code

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

00Bikeboy ,

Very unstable and buggy

You would think that Apple could get the software used to create software for their devices right. Wrong. This is not worth the 30% cut they’re getting from developers and not a professional application.

GhostBeard1 ,


Only if Apple’s quality review team were as strict on Xcode as they are on the app releases. 9.0 is full of bugs.

Sarawakdave ,

Just dreadful

unstable, mucks up files, a complete and utter travesty. someone should be fired for putting this app out for general use. releases upon releases, but this product never converges on something that really works or god forbid helps the developer. Apple like so many software based companies embodies the “Throw it over the wall” syndrome. XCode 9 crashes, freezes, corrupts layouts and unbelievably slow on a fast iMac with loads of memory.


Apple Canada, Inc.
11.3 GB

macOS 10.15.4 or later



Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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