Developing apps for Linux and Windows on any platform is an easy task, while building software for Mac is not so easy compared to other platforms. For building apps on Mac requires an SDK called Xcode. Xcode is an integrated development environment (IDE) that consists of a set of software development tools that are designed by Apple, specifically for developing software on Mac OS X and iOS.
The app development kit, Xcode is not available for any other operating systems except Mac OS X and iOS. There are many reasons and compatibility issues behind this unavailability. If you are quite firm to install Xcode on your Windows PC (7, 8.1 and 10) and check the working process of SDK framework/development kit on Windows OS, then here is a detailed way on how to install Xcode on Windows 7 and 8/8.1 and Windows 10 PC.
Xcode – App Development Kit
Xcode is an application development kit or simply SDK containing a set of software development tools designed for Mac OS X. Xcode is an interface builder that can also be considered as a testing application and an asset management toolkit. Here is a method on how to install Xcode on Windows PC (7, 8 or, 8.1 and 10) using Oracle VirtualBox. Hence, by installing this Xcode SDK on your Windows OS, you can create and develop basic apps on Windows PC.
Requirements to Install Xcode on Windows 7/8/10 OS
In this article, we are going to explain to you in a detailed way how to install Xcode on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 and 10. Before initiating the installation process, you need to have the following system requirements:
A working Mac OS X virtual machine on VMware or VirtualBox.
Downloaded the Xcode package from Apple. You need to have Apple ID to download Xcode from the Apple store.
Dual-Core Intel processor
Minimum 2GB of RAM (Recommended: 4 GB+)
If you are a professional app developer, you have to purchase Apple hardware with OS X and app developer ID. You need to use Xcode on your Apple hardware at the time of testing the app on a real Apple device. As we are using Virtual Box to install Xcode on Windows, make sure that you have a working Mac OS X virtual machine. If you don’t have a copy of an installed Virtual Box, then you can download it here as it is free and open-source.
Steps to Install Xcode on Windows 10, 8/8.1 and 7 PC or Laptop
Follow the below steps so as to install Xcode on Windows 10, 8, or 8.1 and Windows 7 desktop or laptop for iOS SDK.
Step 1: Initially, download and install VMware or VirtualBox on your Windows computer from the above link.
Step 2: Now, you need to download and install OSX Mavericks ISO as a virtual machine.
Step 3: You have to create the virtual machine on your oracle virtual box. For that, you need to open Virtual Box and click New.
Step 4: Now, you will get a new window asking for the name of the new operating system. Enter Name as OSX, Type of the OS as Mac OS X, and also enter the Version as Mac OS X (32 bit). Click Next.
Step 5: You need to select the size of RAM for the virtual machine. The sufficient size of memory for Android to run on your Windows computer requires 1024 MB (1 GB). Select the memory size and then click Next.