14 September, 2016

Running Xcode 7.3.1 and Xcode 8.0 on the same machine

If you need to be running Xcode 7.3.1 and 8 together (as I am!); you can not install them just like that. You need to fiddle a bit with the apps to have them work together.

  • Download the Xcode 7.3.1.dmg file from apple developer portal.
  • Download the Xcode 8.xip file from apple developer portal.

Once you’ve done that, you can install version 7.3.1 into “applications”:

Xcode 7.3.1

  1. Double click the .dmg file to open the “drive” it represents.
  2. Drag the Xcode icon into “application"
  3. Rename the resulting xcode.app in “applications" to xcode_7.app


Xcode 8

Now - the turn comes to Xcode 8. You unzip the .xip file and drag into Applications the resulting xcode.app file (it’s version 8).

You now have 2 versions of Xcode on your Mac and start them independently.

  • Xcode_7.app
  • Xcode.app


The reason I’m not renaming the XC8 version is due to future updates coming from Apple. I’m not sure how they search for apps locally during an update process...