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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.
Xcode is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Who uses Xcode?

2248 companies reportedly use Xcode in their tech stacks, including Pinterest, Instacart, and CRED.

16359 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Xcode.

Xcode Integrations

CircleCI, iOS, SwiftUI, Tower, and Buildkite are some of the popular tools that integrate with Xcode. Here's a list of all 19 tools that integrate with Xcode.
Pros of Xcode
IOS Development
Personal assistant on steroids
Easy setup
Excellent integration with Clang
Built-in everything
Decisions about Xcode

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Xcode in their tech stack.

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Xcode's Features

  • Source Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Asset Catalog
  • OpenGL Frame Capture
  • Version Editor
  • Interface Builder Built In
  • iOS Simulator
  • Integrated Build System
  • Continuous Integration
  • Instrument Library
  • Command Line Tools

Xcode Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Xcode?
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.
Cocoa (OS X)
Much of Cocoa is implemented in Objective-C, an object-oriented language that is compiled to run at incredible speed, yet employs a truly dynamic runtime making it uniquely flexible. Because Objective-C is a superset of C, it is easy to mix C and even C++ into your Cocoa applications.
Android Studio
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
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Xcode's Followers
14323 developers follow Xcode to keep up with related blogs and decisions.