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How to obtain an older version of Xcode

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 2/15/2021

Today, in stupid programmer tricks, I updated my copy of Xcode on the Mac because Apple helpfully told me there was an update. Unfortunately, suddenly I was having trouble compiling iOS applications because I wasn’t referencing the correct iOS SDK. I wanted to go back to the previous version, but I couldn’t find the download. Now suddenly this is all working again (maybe I just needed a Mac and/or a Windows reboot?) but now I also discovered where previous versions of Xcode can be found, so I’m documenting it so that I can find it again.

My Google-fu told me I should just log into developer.apple.com and search for the version I wanted, but that didn’t help at all – I kept finding documentation and not downloads. But DUH the trick was to go to Downloads, and select More in the upper right corner. From there I was able to find the Xcode version I wanted.