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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
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.
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Pros of CLion
- Good editor29
- Easy setup28
- Already one of the best C/C++ IDEs, even before launch22
- Powerful refactoring, extremely smart IDE22
- Cross-platform build20
- Clean, Sleek User Interface18
- Much faster and smarter than Intellisense17
- Vertically/Horizontally split windows13
- Great navigation, error messages and auto completion12
- Vim plugin9
- Not a 20gb installation8
- It is best IDE5
- Like this one because of - not a 20GB installation3
- Free Flowing C++ IDE2
- Very good Git plugin1
- IDE supports Python with all features of PyCharm CE1
Pros of Xcode
- IOS Development130
- Personal assistant on steroids33
- Easy setup29
- Excellent integration with Clang17
- Built-in everything1
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Cons of CLion
- No good support for Makefiles2
- Not free, unless you are a student2
Cons of Xcode
- Massively bloated and complicated for smaller projects6
- Horrible auto completiting and text editing3
- Slow startup1
- Very slow emulator1