Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Just wondering if it's legal to run Xcode on OS X Lion Server in a virtualized environment on Windows? I know it's not for the client but I've heard that it's legal with the server. It this true?

share|improve this question
IIRC Somewhere in the EULA says that it must only run on Mac hardware – user6124 Jul 25 '11 at 22:34
OS X Lion Server is just a suite of apps installed on top of the Client version, so you're bound by both EULAs. – NReilingh Jul 26 '11 at 2:21
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Maybe if you boot Windows on authentic Apple Mac hardware?

share|improve this answer
I will consider this option. Thanks! – Rushino Jul 26 '11 at 2:19

No. The EULA for Mac OS X Lion Server says:

2 . Permitted License Uses and Restrictions. A. Standard and Preinstalled Apple Software License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you obtained the Apple Software from the Mac App Store or under a volume license, maintenance or other written agreement from Apple, you are granted a limited, non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at any one time. For example, these standard, single-copy license terms apply to you if you obtained the Apple Software preinstalled on Apple- branded hardware.

which means you can't install it on non Apple-branded hardware (but it might be legal if you virtualize using Apple hardware on Windows)

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.