I am trying to do a build of Cyanogenmod, that outputs the error:

Can not find SDK  at /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk

However, the /Developer/SDKs directory does not even exist. I know that most of the libraries have been moved to Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/, but I don't know where to look. What is this MacOSX.sdk file? Where can I find it?

Also note that the wiki of Cyanogenmod says that I should Install the Mac OS X Developer Tools from my DVD, but I upgraded to Mavericks with the App Store. What do they mean by Developer Tools? I do have things like make and gcc (Command line tools in Xcode).

This is the wiki page I found the instruction to install dev tools from DVD:


  • The instructions are for an old OS (older than Snow Leopard) Developer tool;s are part of the Xcode install - now in App Store then as part of the OS release - I would get more up to date code – mmmmmm Jan 29 '16 at 19:47
  • @Mark I am doing a CM build for kitkat, therefore it has to be code 2 generations older that the latest ones unfortunately. Aside that, how could I link the new SDK to the makefile? Or is building newer code the only solution? – John K Jan 29 '16 at 19:49
  • kitkat is an Android OS name isn't it so why ask OS X questions? – mmmmmm Jan 29 '16 at 19:49
  • @Mark Because the question is not asking about the actual Android build process or related, but rather about the OSX SDK. I should probably edit my comment to something like: Can I change the path from /Developer/SDK to /Applications/Xcode.app/..., or does the OSX SDK file no longer exist? – John K Jan 29 '16 at 19:51
  • @klanomath Done. If you scroll to the top a bit, you will see how to build for mountain lion/mavericks. Can I still link some sort of macosx.sdk file from the XCode Contents? – John K Jan 29 '16 at 19:58

As mentioned by Mark in the comments the instructions are made for older versions of Xcode.

In my opinion you can simply link a MacOSX sdk to /Developer/SDKs:

sudo mkdir -p /Developer/SDKs
sudo ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.8.sdk /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk

additionally you can add a link named MacOSX10.6.sdk

sudo ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.8.sdk /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk

Another tip is to edit build/core/combo/mac_version.mk and changing: mac_sdk_versions_supported := 10.6 10.7 10.8 to mac_sdk_versions_supported := 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 10.10

I strongly recommend to use a virtual machine (Mountain Lion) and an older Xcode version (4.6.3). This version as well as all other versions are freely available with an Apple ID at Downloads for Apple Developers

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Older versions of Xcode used to install themselves and files into the /Developer folder.

This is no longer the case, so you would need to find / download the same version of Xcode that your package expects or update the package.

If you are a paid developer, you might be able to find that old package amongst the downloads and re-install it. Worst case, you could ask developer support for a download if you can't find it once you're logged in. This will likely be far easier than trying to change the code to work with the new Xcode setup/layout.

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    Procedurally - it would be best to ask that question on Stack Overflow - listing the exact version of the cyanogen you are using. From the link you posted - it looks like you'll need Xcode 4 which might be tricky to get. – bmike Jan 29 '16 at 22:08

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