This tutorial is an exclusive and detailed guide that will help you install the XCode IDE framework on a Windows computer. This guide is compatible with all the latest versions of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. See the detailed guide and let us know if you have any questions.
What is XCode IDE?
The Xcode IDE is the center of Apple’s development experience. The IDE is tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frames. Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for macOS that contains a set of software development tools. These tools are developed by Apple to develop software for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. The first version of the IDE known as Xcode 1.0 was released in 2003.
Currently, the latest stable version for the IDE is version 9.4. The current stable version is available to users through the Mac App Store free of charge for users of macOS High Sierra. Registered developers in the company can also download versions of pre-release versions of the suite through the Apple developer website.
What is the primary use of Xcode?
Xcode is an integrated development environment, which means that it has all the necessary tools to produce an application. It is, in particular, a text editor, a compiler and a compilation system in a single software package. These tools work together to help users write software, compile it and upload it to a device. Users can also use these tools to debug their program and finally send it to the app store. Xcode is Apple’s official IDE for Mac and iOS developers, so if a user is a Mac or iOS developer, then it is imperative to use software for them.
However, the software also has a couple of uses for those users who do not write their codes. The first is to load programs in iOS 9 and then to use Xcode IDE 7 or later. The user will need the source code and a cryptographic signature to do so so that the user can not just load any arbitrary iOS program. This is a new feature designed to encourage new programmers to develop their applications. The original programmers do not even need to pay for the Apple Developer program. Another reason for users to use Xcode IDE is OS X. OS X is a Unix-based operating system, which means that many codes from other Unix-like systems (such as Linux) can be compiled and executed with some minor modifications.
Characteristics of Xcode IDE
As already described, the IDE is tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frames. Tell us about Cocoa and Cocoa Touch and their characteristics.
Cocoa is Apple’s native object-oriented application programming interface (API) for its macOS operating system. It consists of the Cocoa.h header file that includes some kits. The primary packages used in Cocoa are the Foundation Kit, the Application Kit and the Core Data Frames. It also consists of some libraries and frames that are included in these kits. These libraries mainly include the standard C library and the Objective C runtime. Cocoa Touch is a similar API for iOS, TVOS and watchOS. It provides gesture recognition, animation and a different set of graphics control elements. Cocoa Touch API is mainly used to design applications for Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Xcode IDE also supports source code for programming languages such as C, C ++, Objective C and Objective C ++. In addition to all these C languages, it is also compatible with Java, AppleScript, Python, Ruby, ResEdit and Swift. Xcode supports all these languages with a variety of programming models that also include Cocoa. Some third parties have also added support for GNU Pascal, Free Pascal, Ada, C #, Perl and D.
Xcode can also build binary files that contain code for multiple architectures. These binary files are in the executable format Match-O and are known as universal binary files. These binary files allow the software to run on PowerPC and Intel-based (x86) platforms, including 32-bit and 64-bit codes. Xcode IDE also includes the tools of the GUI tool. These instruments are executed with a dynamic tracking framework known as DTrace. DTrace is created by Sun Microsystems and was released as part of OpenSolaris.
Physical description of Xcode IDE
Xcode IDE like any other available IDE also has several windows and parts to help users complete their tasks quickly. So, now let’s get to know a physical description about the IDE.
The Wizard button in the IDE will split the Xcode editor into two parts. The first part will contain the user’s main working document on the left side. While on the right side the user will get an intelligent assistant editor panel. The assistant editor will automatically display the files that Xcode determines to be most useful to the user based on the work the user is doing in the primary editor.
Jump Bar is available at the top of each editor panel. By clicking on it, the user can quickly select what information to see in the assistant editor.
The design of Interface Builder simplifies the user the prototype of a complete user interface without writing any code. The user can design a prototype in minutes and then graphically connect its interface to the source within the Xcode editor, placing windows, buttons and sliders to create a functional user interface for Mac, iPhone or iPad. With the assistant editor, the user can work on the graphic design side by side with the implementation source code.
Version editor and source control
The version editor will make it easier for the user to compare two versions of a file. Users can also view confirmation records, verify who made a code change and even zoom in on the confirmation timeline.
Test Navigator will make it easy for users to jump to any test in their project. It also allows users to run an individual test or run a group of tests.
Xcode for Windows Minimum System Requirements
Now, inform us about the use of Xcode IDE in Windows to develop applications for iOS or macOS. So, here is a list of system requirements that a user will need to run Xcode on Windows.
- A virtual machine like VMware or VirtualBox. (Both VMware and VirtualBox are open sources and free download, so users can easily download it.)
- Download a copy of Mac OS Sierra. Download according to the system processor, either Intel or AMD version. (To know about the processor Press the Windows + X key and then select System, then check the name of the processor there).
- Download the Xcode package from the Apple site. The user must have an Apple ID to download from the Apple Store.
- Dual Core Intel or AMD processor.
- Minimum 2 GB of RAM (Recommended: 4 GB +)
- Hardware virtualization
A developer of professional applications will have to buy Apple hardware with OS X and developer ID of the application. Professional application developers may need to use Xcode on their Apple hardware to test their software before publishing it to the App Store.
Steps to install macOS Sierra in the virtual machine in Windows
- Open the virtual machine (VMware or VirtualBox). Then select Create a new virtual machine. After that, a new window will open. Then type macOS in the Name section. The virtual machine will automatically detect the operating system as the user will write. Now, the Type row will default to Mac OS X. However, the user will have to change this. In Version, select Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
- Next, the user must set the amount of RAM that the virtual operating system can use. The user must establish a minimum of 4 GB for efficient operation of the operating system. After that, the user will be asked to assign a hard drive.
- Next, select the type of hardware file as VDI (VirtualBox disk image).
- Then, the user must choose the operating system file to install it. Select the icon of the folder and find the location of the disk format file of the virtual machine. Then open the file. The user must make sure that he has selected the correct virtual disk and then click Create.
How to install Xcode IDE on macOS Sierra running on Windows Virtual Machine
- After successfully installing macOS in the virtual machine, the user must click on the virtual machine to start it.
- After OS X starts, users will get some wizards on screen. Follow the wizards on the screen to complete the installation process.
- Now, after completing the start of the operating system, the user will see the Desktop in macOS Sierra in his virtual machine.
- Then, the user must go to the Safari browser from the applications and access the official Apple application store. After that, the user must log in to the app store with their Apple ID and Password.
- After logging in, the user will search Xcode IDE in the search box to download the complete package. From several applications that will appear, select Xcode and click Free and Download. Then complete the download process by clicking OK. This will install the Xcode in the virtual machine.
- After completing the installation process, open the Xcode of the application list. Now, the system will request the user’s root credentials to gain access to the installation of components for Xcode. This will also modify the system configuration. The user must enter the name and password to provide root access to Xcode and then click OK.
- This will complete the installation procedure. Now the user has correctly installed the latest version of Xcode IDE in the virtual machine for his Windows.
These steps will complete the installation of Xcode IDE in the virtual machine on the user’s Windows PC or laptop. Now, the user can efficiently use the IDE to create new applications using the interface. Users may face some problems regarding the speed and performance of Xcode since it will run in a virtual machine. However, it will be useful for educational purposes, but for a professional user, using Xcode on Macbook will be okay.