I'm trying to install the new command line tools in OS X 10.9, and I get this weird error from Apple.

Can't install the software because it is currently available from the Software Update server.

xcode-select --install


A workaround is to download the tools from here https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action – nnyby

But that also returns an error.


Can anyone offer an alternative way to download this?


3 Answers 3


Xcode Command Line Tools can be downloaded directly from the Apple Developer site here as pointed out by this stackoverflow answer.

You could also just run my Xcode CLT install / bootstrap script if you're looking for a quick automated solution.

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    The search on that page seems to be kinda wonky, only showed old stuff for me. I recommend going to developer.apple.com/download/more and looking through the list manually, recent stuff is at the top, so if you're here because of a macOS beta, you'll find what you need at the top. Commented Aug 17, 2020 at 14:36
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    Yeah, they do change the CLT downloads often. Unfortunately Apple does not provide an easy programmatic way to get the latest download URLs. developer.apple.com using a browser seems to be the supported method.
    – TrinitronX
    Commented Sep 1, 2020 at 8:11

The site seems to be online again now. \o/

Here's a direct link to the download if the site goes offline again:


  • It just produces 'Your session has expired'. Commented Jan 7, 2014 at 22:10
  • The link does not work anymore, but the answer by TrinitronX below works for everything before Catalina.
    – Nick
    Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 0:52

This error could also mean that you already have the command tools installed. The error message should have been more on to the point.

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