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Is it safe to just copy the Xcode 4.4 app from a machine to another or does the Mac App Store download an installer, rather than just a bundled app, and some Xcode 4.4 pieces get installed somewhere in the system?

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Xcode, from version 4.3 on, is a single app and self-contained. Source :

This version of Xcode is distributed as a single application bundle,, installed through the Mac App Store directly to the Applications folder. Installing Xcode 4.3 no longer requires the Install Xcode application

The command line tools, which are stored elsewhere on the filesystem, are an optional download which you can install separately.

When copied over manually, the App Store will recognise's presence and change the badge for the application in your "Purchases" from "install" to "installed".

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Thank you very much. – user732274 Jul 28 '12 at 17:09

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