I'm trying to update Xcode on my Mac mini.

When I click the Update button in the App Store, a spinner appears, but nothing else happens.

Eternal spinner screenshot

I have seen this before, and I think that possibly upgrading of the App Store fixed it. There's no App Store update this time.

I am trying an OS upgrade to EL Capitan. Is there anything else I should check?

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    You can't upgrade to the latest version of XCode without El Capitan. – owlswipe Jun 27 '16 at 11:38
  • I had to throw away it eventually, and reinstall – Arjan Jul 26 '17 at 13:22

Here's what I had to do

  • Upgrade OS X to the latest
    • This stopped the eternal spinner - instead the spinner showed for a second, then nothing happened
    • In the past, updating the App Store itself helped
  • Go to the Updates tab and click UPDATE ALL
    • App Store asked me for my credentials then ran all upgrades, including Xcode

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    This worked for me - had to upgrade vie about this mac > software update... It's nice that there isn't anything to prevent you trying and failing, and then absolutely no feedback to tell you this is the case :) – Joel Balmer May 5 '19 at 10:42

You might have to update your macOS version. Each Xcode version has a minimum macOS version requirement to work. You can find out if your current version of macOS supports the version of Xcode you want to install here: Xcode 7.0 - 10.x (since Free On-Device Development)

In my case the infinite loading spinner for the Xcode update was appearing because Xcode 9.4.1 isn't supported on the macOS El Capitan. I updated to the latest version of macOS and I managed to update Xcode.

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I've done an Update All and XCode still shows an Update button. I'm on El Capitan and XCode version 8.x. I know v9.x of XCode is out but I don't know if it's available for El Capitan. I presume so since otherwise I wouldn't see the Update button, but clicking it just make the spinner run forever and it never updates

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