Non-Xcode toolchain for Mac

Xcode is mostly free, but it’s large – it occupies multiple gigabytes on your hard disk. If you just want to build code and just want compilers and SDKs, it’s a lot of overhead.

Several years ago, Kenneth Reitz put together a cut-down version that was Xcode minus Xcode – basically GCC and all the headers and libraries that weren’t Apple-licensed. He called this OSX-GCC-Installer, hosted it on GitHub, and it became fairly popular. It became popular enough that people from Apple became interested in it, and eventually Apple released┬áCommand Line Tools for Xcode. It’s free, although it does require an Apple ID to download it.

Links

  • http://kennethreitz.org/experiments/xcode-gcc-and-homebrew
  • https://github.com/kennethreitz/osx-gcc-installer/
  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9329243/xcode-4-4-command-line-tools

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