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'''SDKs''' (Software Development Kits) are bundles that contain headers, binaries, and other tools needed to build for a specific version of iOS. These can be found within Xcode at <code>Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs</code>.
 
'''SDKs''' (Software Development Kits) are bundles that contain headers, binaries, and other tools needed to build for a specific version of iOS. These can be found within Xcode at <code>Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs</code>.
  
== Retrieving without a Mac ==
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= Retrieving without a Mac =
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The legal way to download an SDK without access to a Mac is to download a disk image (DMG) of Xcode from Apple. These are available at [https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action developer.apple.com] (free developer registration required). Usually the latest SDK is best, but if you want an older version, find the Xcode version containing it from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xcode#Versions_compare_table this table].  
 
The legal way to download an SDK without access to a Mac is to download a disk image (DMG) of Xcode from Apple. These are available at [https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action developer.apple.com] (free developer registration required). Usually the latest SDK is best, but if you want an older version, find the Xcode version containing it from [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xcode#Versions_compare_table this table].  
  
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Alternatively, grab a copy from [http://iphone.howett.net/sdks/ here].
 
Alternatively, grab a copy from [http://iphone.howett.net/sdks/ here].
  
=== Troubleshooting ===
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== Troubleshooting ==
  
 
As of iOS 8, some people found that those instructions didn't work with the latest version of TransMac (version 11), but version 10.6 may work.
 
As of iOS 8, some people found that those instructions didn't work with the latest version of TransMac (version 11), but version 10.6 may work.

Revision as of 19:45, 2 January 2016

SDKs (Software Development Kits) are bundles that contain headers, binaries, and other tools needed to build for a specific version of iOS. These can be found within Xcode at Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs.

Retrieving without a Mac

The legal way to download an SDK without access to a Mac is to download a disk image (DMG) of Xcode from Apple. These are available at developer.apple.com (free developer registration required). Usually the latest SDK is best, but if you want an older version, find the Xcode version containing it from this table.

Most programs such as 7-Zip seem to be unable to extract recent Xcode DMGs. A shareware program, TransMac, can successfully do this on Windows. Open the DMG in the program, then use the left directory tree to navigate to xcode.dmg/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs. Right-click the SDK directory and choose "Copy To".

Alternatively, grab a copy from here.

Troubleshooting

As of iOS 8, some people found that those instructions didn't work with the latest version of TransMac (version 11), but version 10.6 may work.