I'm having a rather odd problem.

I've installed Xcode from the App Store three times now. No errors are being presented to me, but after installing Xcode I can press Open (in the App Store) and nothing happens. Refresh the view in App Store and I can press Install again.

What's going on?

I'm on Sierra 10.12.4 if that matters.

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    Does Xcode.app appear in the /Applications folder? Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 12:02
  • @GrahamMiln Yes, it does. I can actually open it, just not from spotlight. And I can still install it from the App Store. Odd...
    – Repox
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 12:28
  • Have you tried manually adding the .app file to Spotlight's index? Granted, you shouldn't need to do this but if it is a bug, this might be a workaround.
    – fsb
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 14:59

1 Answer 1


Given Xcode.app appears in the /Applications and can be launched, the behaviour suggests Spotlight has yet to notice the newly installed application.

It is likely Apple's App Store application uses Spotlight to determine if applications are installed; thus the ability to Install Xcode.app re-appears on refresh.

I suspect the bug will vanish once Spotlight re-indexes your applications.

Consider telling Apple directly about this bug through their feedback form.

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