I am trying to locate the actual location of app installed on iOS Simulator. I am using OSX 10.9.4 with Xcode 6.1

Already tried looking Application Support folder but can't find the simulator location. Tried a bunch of different locations as well, but can't find anything. Any ideas where can I find it or where should I look in apple documentation regarding this? Any pointers will be appreciated.

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For newer Xcode's (including 6.1) follow below steps to see the installed apps (.app) location >>

  1. Right click Xcode.app.
  2. Go to 'Show Contents'.
  3. Navigate to this part of the file path: Contents > Developer > Platforms > iPhoneSimulator.platform > Developer > SDKs > iPhoneSimulator8.1.sdk > Applications

Here will show all installed .app list.

Besides if you want to install new .app on simulator, just drag and drop .app to this location.


After some more research I figured out that Apple changed it to be inside ~/Library/Developer/CoreSimulator/Devices

Based on the ID of device, we can now go into that folder and find the .app file.

  • Please put your answer as an edit to your original question. Thanks!
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Feb 13, 2015 at 13:51

Easiest way: Use SimPholders2. It's a little utility that lets you:

  • Access all application folders from status item menu
  • Quickly reset app storage by deleting files in Library and Documents ( + Click)
  • Detailed information of file size and number of items in app bundle ()
  • Launch app directly in iPhone Simulator

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  • Although I haven't mentioned in the question, I don't want to use any external utility :) Commented Feb 16, 2015 at 5:56

If you want to create a shortcut to the simulator app, you can do the following:

  1. Control-click xcode.app in Applications and select "Show Package Contents"

  2. Navigate to: Contents/Developer/Applications

  3. Control-click iOS Simulator.app and select "Make Alias", or just drag it to the dock to create an alias there.

I'm using OS 10.9.5 and xCode 6.1.1

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