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CLion vs Xcode: What are the differences?

Developers describe CLion as "A cross-platform IDE for C and C++". Knowing your code through and through, CLion can take care of the routine while you focus on the important things. Boost your productivity with the keyboard-centric approach (Vim-emulation plugin is also available in plugin repository), full coding assistance, smart and relevant code completion, fast project navigation, intelligent intention actions, and reliable refactorings. On the other hand, Xcode is detailed as "The complete toolset for building great apps". The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

CLion and Xcode belong to "Integrated Development Environment" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by CLion are:

  • Smart Editor
  • Code Generation
  • CMake

On the other hand, Xcode provides the following key features:

  • Source Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Asset Catalog

"Good editor" is the primary reason why developers consider CLion over the competitors, whereas "IOS Development" was stated as the key factor in picking Xcode.

According to the StackShare community, Xcode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1051 company stacks & 603 developers stacks; compared to CLion, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

Pros of CLion
Pros of Xcode
  • 26
    Good editor
  • 25
    Easy setup
  • 19
    Powerful refactoring, extremely smart IDE
  • 19
    Already one of the best C/C++ IDEs, even before launch
  • 18
    Cross-platform build
  • 15
    Clean, Sleek User Interface
  • 14
    Much faster and smarter than Intellisense
  • 9
    Great navigation, error messages and auto completion
  • 9
    Vertically/Horizontally split windows
  • 8
    Vim plugin
  • 6
    Not a 20gb installation
  • 3
    It is best IDE
  • 3
    Like this one because of - not a 20GB installation
  • 1
    Free Flowing C++ IDE
  • 129
    IOS Development
  • 32
    Personal assistant on steroids
  • 29
    Easy setup
  • 17
    Excellent integration with Clang
  • 1
    Beautiful
  • 1
    Built-in everything
  • 0
    Con

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Cons of CLion
Cons of Xcode
  • 2
    No good support for Makefiles
  • 1
    Not free, unless you are a student
  • 4
    Massively bloated and complicated for smaller projects
  • 2
    Horrible auto completiting and text editing
  • 1
    Very slow emulator

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What is CLion?

Knowing your code through and through, CLion can take care of the routine while you focus on the important things. Boost your productivity with the keyboard-centric approach (Vim-emulation plugin is also available in plugin repository), full coding assistance, smart and relevant code completion, fast project navigation, intelligent intention actions, and reliable refactorings.

What is Xcode?

The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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What are some alternatives to CLion and Xcode?
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
NetBeans IDE
NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.
ReSharper
It is a popular developer productivity extension for Microsoft Visual Studio. It automates most of what can be automated in your coding routines. It finds compiler errors, runtime errors, redundancies, and code smells right as you type, suggesting intelligent corrections for them.
AppCode
It is an integrated development environment for Swift, Objective-C, C, C++, and JavaScript development built on JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA platform. It takes care of your routine tasks and saves you from extra typing.
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