{Tech Thursday} How to Download Xcode

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Maybe you’re curious about iOS app development and want to give it a try. But where do you start? One of the first, and most important, things you’ll need is Xcode. Here’s how to download it.

I’m sure that by now some of our {Tech Thursday} readers are seriously considering giving coding a try. And some of you may be interested in iOS app development specifically. As such, we are going to cover some basics in more detail.

In this article, I’ll take you through how to download Xcode, Apple’s iOS app development environment (as well as for developing programs for the Apple Watch, tv OS, and general Mac computer OS).

Go to the App Store

1. Start your Mac and click on the little Apple icon in the top-left hand corner of your desktop screen (see Figure 1). A little menu will pop open. 

2. Open the App Store by clicking on the “App Store” option in this menu (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

Search for “Xcode”

3. In the App Store, go to the Search Bar in the top-right hand corner and search for “Xcode” (see Figure 2).

Figure 2

Download Xcode

4. Xcode should show up as the first search result (see Figure 3).

5. Click on the little button that reads “GET” (see Figure 3).

Figure 3.

Install Xcode

6. The “GET” button will turn into an “INSTALL APP” button. Click on it (see Figure 4).

Figure 4.

Sign In to Finish Installing Xcode

7. A small dialogue box may pop-down (see Figure 5) and ask you to sign in with your Apple ID (you should already have one from when you first bought your Mac). Enter your Apple ID and password, click the “GET” option. (You might see another little pop-up box asking: “Require a password when making purchases on this computer?” Pick whichever option you prefer to move on to installing Xcode.)

Figure 5.

Open Xcode Application

8. Once it’s finished installing (it’s a large application, so it could take a while depending on your internet connection), click on the “OPEN” button to open it up (see Figure 6). Done, you’ve successfully downloaded Xcode!

Figure 6.

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What other things do you need to learn iOS app development?, you ask. Check out this {Tech Thursday} article to find out!

If you have any questions about getting started learning iOS app development, post them below in the Reply section!

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