After upgrading to macOS Sequoia, I tried to run git from Terminal but it kept giving me the following error:

xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools), missing xcrun at: /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/xcrun.

How do I fix it?

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    I was really confused that the question is 5 years old but says "after upgrading to macOS Monterey," which was released less than a month ago. Then I checked the edit history and it looks like you're updating it with each new release. Good on you, sir.
    – Travesty3
    Commented Nov 8, 2021 at 17:03
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    You sir are a real gentlemen! Doing this for 5 years, and updating your question, amazing!
    – Tancho
    Commented Nov 8, 2021 at 18:06
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    @Travesty3 haha me the same. I just joined appleExchange only to upvote.
    – jabujavi
    Commented Nov 9, 2021 at 10:51
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    Wow! You kept updating this question for 5 years? This is the best post I have seen so far on Apple Stack Exchange Commented May 4, 2022 at 21:00
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    @Travesty3 I'd like to point out that he's also the author of the accepted answer :)
    – mrzool
    Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 13:42

8 Answers 8



Open Terminal, and run the following:

xcode-select --install

This will pop a dialogue box, Select "Install", and it will download and install the Command Line Tools package and fix the problem. (The popped Window may be behind other windows.)

You do not need Xcode, you can install only the Command Line Tools here, it is about 130 MB (600 MB as of Xcode v14.1).

If the above alone doesn't do it, then also run:

sudo xcode-select --reset

Further reading

The problem is that one needs to explicitly agree to the license agreement. As a follow on step, you may need to reset the path to Xcode if you have several versions or want the command line tools to run without Xcode.

sudo xcode-select --switch /Applications/Xcode.app
sudo xcode-select --switch /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools

I found the solution in this question, Command Line Tools not working.

You may get an error message: "Can't install the software because it is not currently available from the Software Update server". In this case xcode-select --reset works as pointed by akozin.

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    I also had to run sudo xcodebuild -license accept
    – a113nw
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 19:07
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    It happens after updating macOS from Bigsur to Monterey.
    – anaszaman
    Commented Nov 3, 2021 at 12:00
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    "218 hours remaining" wtf... :O :D :D
    – OZZIE
    Commented Nov 25, 2021 at 18:51
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    I tried this and it did not work... until I realised it had opened a window that had been lost under others, where I had to click to install and to accept the T&Cs. Once I did and installed everything (127h... but it was more like 40' in the end) git started working again. If the commands do not seem to work for you, look for a misplaced window!
    – sergut
    Commented Aug 20, 2022 at 18:36
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    Not working for me. When I run xcode-select --install, then select "Install" to install just command line tools, (NOT "Get Xcode" because I don't want xcode), then agree to the license, then it tries to download a 5GB thing. Could you be more specific on how to install ONLY this 130 MB thing?
    – dinosaur
    Commented Nov 3, 2022 at 22:33

If you don't want to install nor use Xcode (I don't) you can install only command tools for Xcode (please see Edit)


  • you have AppleID


Go to https://developer.apple.com/download/all/ and find Command line tools OS X 10.11) for Xcode 7.1. Then install downloaded .dmg package.

Newer versions

It should work with newer versions of Command line tools OS X however I tested it Command line tools OS X 10.11) for Xcode 7.1 particular version.

Update to macOS 10.13

After updating do macOS 10.13, I had to install Command Line Tools (macOS 10.13) for Xcode 9 - also works great.


As @setholopolus mentioned in comment,

xcode-select --install

Also installs only command line tools for Xcode.

You can also verify this at: http://osxdaily.com/2014/02/12/install-command-line-tools-mac-os-x/

I am leaving my answer in case you'd have problems with installation via cli.

PS credits to this SO answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/33593066/2029818

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    I am using MacOS Monterey version 12.x. I have downloaded "Command Line Tools for Xcode 13.3 beta". Restarted terminal and command line is working along with github clone/pull/push issues. Your solution worked like charm. Thanks a lot dear.
    – Kamlesh
    Commented Feb 5, 2022 at 9:09
  • This is the best solution. On Monterey, xcode-select --install immediately tries to install 20+GB of data so downloading from apple website is the only way
    – Mouradif
    Commented Nov 25, 2022 at 16:03

For macOS High Sierra, just run the same command:

xcode-select --install

and everything will get back to work.

2019 UPDATE: This is needed for every new macOS version, so it'll work for Catalina as well.

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    Thanks, Man! I'm on Ventura and it is still working...
    – Mayur
    Commented Oct 31, 2022 at 4:41

Here are the steps I needed to go through for Mojave:

First xcode-select --reset.

Next I needed to upgrade xcode tools to the latest version: sudo softwareupdate -ia --verbose (NB: this runs all available updates from the app store, there is a way to specify that you only want to update one app/program, but I don't know it off the top of my head).

You can try this command another time if it shows some inconsistent behaviour during the first try.

Finally verify that it worked by using a git command of your choosing, e.g. git status.

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    softwareupdate -l will show a list like * Label: Command Line Tools for Xcode-13.2 and then you can pick the specific one by using the text after * Label:, e.g. softwareupdate --install "Command Line Tools for Xcode-13.3"
    – jaygooby
    Commented Apr 13, 2022 at 10:27

I tried the xcode-select --install but I was forced to install it from the App Store.

Then all git stuff ran smoothly.


xcode-select --install and xcode-select --reset didn't work for me.

I had to download it manually from Apple Developers website: https://developer.apple.com/download/

Choose the Command line of your current OS.

Screenshot for link


The accepted answer is correct, but also note that git does not make it obvious if the error is coming from remote or from local. If you are running OS X on your remote, your install problem may be on the remote side and you'll see the same error on git clone and git pull but NOT on git status.


I had a different situation/solution...

My command line tools have been installed for ages. Been using/relying on them for years. But, then, suddenly ... things weren't working. I tried these solutions to no avail.

Turns out, I had moved Xcode to "/Applications/Added Apps" folder (I like to keep track of what I added vis-à-vis the ones that came pre-installed) and lo! that was the problem.

I put it back and all things worked again.

Kinda don't like how certain things expect an app to be in a certain location, especially if I just it in a subdirectory. sheesh.


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