I am a web developer and I often need to do testing on i devices. I have a macbook around and I don't know what is the best way to test my web applications on iOS devices. I don't have any physical iPhones or iPads (yet).

Is there any simple & good iOS simulator? I'm interested to debug the JavaScript in Safari, in developer tools.

Is it possible to install the simulator without installing XCode?

How to do that?

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Without Xcode, there's not really any way to get an iOS simulator that I know of. Alternatively, you could download Xcode and just pull the iOS simulator out of it from the path Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Applications/Simulator.app.

edit: to run Safari in Debug mode on your virtual iPhone, there are a set of instructions on tutsplus. In essence:

  • open iOS Simulator
  • from the menubar, `Develop > iPhone Simulator > (website name)
  • this should open a side window with Safari Developer Tools
  • Where is the Xcode.app directory located? Commented May 10, 2016 at 8:46
  • Usually in /Applications. You'll have to download the application first to extract the Simulator app. Commented May 10, 2016 at 8:54
  • That's correct. The full path is /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Applications/Simulator.app/Contents/MacOS/Simulator. But how can I open the developer tools in Safari from iPhone? Commented May 10, 2016 at 8:55
  • I believe I have misunderstood that you were looking for an iOS simulator that runs Safari. I would think you are looking for Safari's developer tools on an iPhone simulator on a Mac? Commented May 10, 2016 at 9:23
  • First thing is to get the simulator working (I did that by installing XCode and running the Simulator executable in the terminal), but I'd like to debug Safari in the iPhone simulator, without having a physical device. Is it even possible? Commented May 10, 2016 at 9:27

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