macOS Catalina

Before we get right to how to install command line tools on macOS, let us look at what macOS Catalina is all about. Apple just made available a major release of its macOS codenamed macOS Catalina (version 10.15). macOS Catalina is the sixteenth release of Apple’s desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. So with the release of macOS Catalina, we say goodbye to macOS Mojave (version 10.14).

macOS Catalina is the first of its kind to support only 64-bit applications and activation lock. Read more about all the new feature of macOS Catalina from apple.com

Command-line tools on macOS Catalina is essential to running of commands and development task. Just like with all new versions of macOS you have to install command-line tools to run commands. The good news is the procedure has not changed much across the various versions of macOS

Install Command Line Tools

Open your terminal to begin the process of installing command-line tools on macOS Catalina. With your terminal opened, type the command below into the prompt and press the return key to execute it. After executing the command below a pop-up window should open with the option to install. The popped-up window should look similar to the image below

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Installation confirmation window
Installation confirmation window

Subsequently, click on the Install button to proceed with the installation of command-line developer tools. Most importantly, as with every application, you have to agree to the license to proceed with the installation. Hence click agree on the license agreement window to continue with the installation.

License Agreement window
License Agreement window

Therefore, as a result of agreeing to license the download the command line tools is triggered. After that, the installation will kick in and should not take too long.

the confirmation window that shows command line developer tools is being downloaded
the confirmation window that shows command line developer tools is being downloaded
Installation screen
Installation screen

Finally, click on the Done button to complete the installation process.

Install Command Line Tools - Done

After that run some beautiful code from the terminal. In conclusion, run your commands from the terminal to confirm the successful installation of command-line tools on macOS Catalina.

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  • November 19, 2019

    Thanks. Just what I was looking for. One note, however. While installing, I had an update prompt from Software Update. After the Command Line Tools installation was completed, I ran the Software Update from System Preferences and installed the latest version.

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    • November 19, 2019

      Great, I am glad the article did help. Go on, write and run some lovely code.

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  • November 27, 2019

    Thanks for putting this together. It was just what I needed to be able to take on a new project.

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  • June 23, 2020

    I get “Can’t install the software because it is not currently available from the Software Update server.”

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    • June 23, 2020

      Did you get that after running the command?

      Reply
  • August 2, 2020

    […] command line tools by removing the previously installed […]

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