Xcode is the development and debug environment that provides the required development files for Mac OS X and iOS applications. By installing the Developer command line tools you’ll get the macOS SDK, headers, and build tools such as the Apple LLVM compiler and Make. As a developer for Mac OS X and iOS applications, these tools make it easy to install open source software or develop applications on UNIX within Terminal.
In this article we show macOS users how to install XCode Command Line Tools from the terminal. To get started launch your terminal and run the following commands to install XCode Command Line Tools on macOS Big Sur:
xcode-select --install sleep 1 osascript <<EOD tell application "System Events" tell process "Install Command Line Developer Tools" keystroke return click button "Agree" of window "License Agreement" end tell end tell EOD
If you’re asked for password input user’s password to escalate privileges as required.
Select “Install” to begin installation of XCode Command Line Tools on macOS Big Sur:
If additional tools need to be installed accept the prompts give to proceed.
Then wait for the downloading and installation of XCode Command Line Tools on macOS Big Sur to complete.
Confirm if the installation was successful by running the following command:
$ xcode-select -p /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer
This will print the Command Line tools directory.
You can also verify by checking the version of CLT:
$ pkgutil --pkg-info=com.apple.pkg.CLTools_Executables package-id: com.apple.pkg.CLTools_Executables version: 22.214.171.124.1.1610135815 volume: / location: / install-time: 1618128009 groups: com.apple.FindSystemFiles.pkg-group
Checking xcode-select version:
$ xcode-select --version xcode-select version 2384.
Running brew config should also show the version of Xcode CLT version:
$ brew config HOMEBREW_VERSION: 3.0.11 ORIGIN: https://github.com/Homebrew/brew HEAD: 8e11f03fa93b148e26044a331654241a2c307039 Last commit: 6 days ago Core tap ORIGIN: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-core Core tap HEAD: 1893119f1eb7b31ce64a1fe63376c806c98068ab Core tap last commit: 5 hours ago Core tap branch: master HOMEBREW_PREFIX: /usr/local HOMEBREW_CASK_OPTS:  HOMEBREW_DISPLAY: /private/tmp/com.apple.launchd.wMECub83rA/org.macosforge.xquartz:0 HOMEBREW_EDITOR: vim HOMEBREW_MAKE_JOBS: 16 HOMEBREW_NO_AUTO_UPDATE: set Homebrew Ruby: 2.6.3 => /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/2.6/usr/bin/ruby CPU: 16-core 64-bit kabylake Clang: 12.0 build 1200 Git: 2.24.3 => /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/usr/bin/git Curl: 7.64.1 => /usr/bin/curl macOS: 11.2.3-x86_64 CLT: 126.96.36.199.1.1610135815 Xcode: 12.4 XQuartz: 2.7.11 => /opt/X11
I hope this guide helped you to install XCode Command Line Tools on macOS Big Sur. You can also explore more articles we’ve on macOS: