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What's inside the xip file ? Why don't download from app store?

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Inside the xip file was just Xcode.app. Developers(in fact anybody) can download the xip file from Apple Developer Website. Downloading from there is the same as downloading from the App Store. Probably is because if App Store is slow you can download from alternative(or some other reason). If you have a paid developer account, you can download a beta version of Xcode by downloading the xip file, which is not available from the App Store.

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  • Does it need to be connected to internet to verify the signature ? (When decompressing it) – Waqas Shah Oct 13 '16 at 8:11
  • @WaqasShah I don't think it needs internet connection, but I actually never tried that. You can give a try if you want. – Tom Shen Oct 13 '16 at 8:12
  • What's the meaning of verifying the signature ? – Waqas Shah Oct 13 '16 at 8:14
  • @WaqasShah You can find out more about this and xip in general in this question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/242948/… – Tom Shen Oct 13 '16 at 8:15
  • It says digital signature needs to be intact, does that mean that I should install it from the same mac where I install it? Thanks a lot. – Waqas Shah Oct 13 '16 at 8:19

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