I am on a MacBook Air running macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 When I run xcode-select --install to re-install Xcode developer tools, I am prompted to this

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I choose install option which opens the agree terms prompt

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agree terms and this appears

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and nothing happens for 30 mins, so I tried to stop and it didn't work, I tried the quit option from the dock which didn't work either. I had to force quit Install commandLine Developer Tools. Can anyone help me how to reinstall CommandLine Developer Tools. Thank you

  • Can you tell me how to delete old xcode installation files? Mine never ends and each time it tries to update lots of GB disappears from my HD. Nov 4, 2019 at 18:05

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I'd reboot the system and try again.

If that doesn't work, you can download it from Apple Developer.

If you don't have an Apple Developer Account, you can create a free account, and then once signed in you can download the "Command Line Tools (macOS 10.13) for Xcode 9.1" from: Downloads from Apple Developers

Downloads from Apple Developers

  • I ran this and ls -la /usr/bin | grep xcode still returns nothing
    – Ky.
    Mar 19, 2019 at 22:49
  • @Ben Leggiero, What explicitly and specifically do you mean by "I ran this"? You ran what!? Also, on my system in Terminal, which xcode-select returns /usr/bin/xcode-select. What version of OS X/macOS are you running? Mar 19, 2019 at 23:07
  • I downloaded "Command Line Tools (macOS 10.13) for Xcode 10.1.dmg" from the page "More Downloads for Apple Developers". I opened that DMG and it mounted and a Finder window appeared presenting its contents. I opened the file "Command Line Tools (macOS High Sierra version 10.13).pkg" contained therein. The installer opened an I ran that, ensuring I had the machine's main drive selected and accepting the user agreement. Several minutes later it succeeded, yet when I open Terminal.app and run ls -la /usr/bin | grep xcode andor which xcode-select no lines are printed. I'm on macOS 10.13.6
    – Ky.
    Mar 20, 2019 at 0:49
  • @Ben Leggiero, The OP is the one that was having an issue with xcode-select and my answer primarily addressed how to install Command Line Tools for Xcode from Apple Developer site, so if you downloaded and install it... then why are you commenting on my answer? xcode-select is a part of macOS and is in the Core.pkg file of the macOS installer located in /usr/bin in the .pkg file. Why you do not have it on your system is not really the topic of the OP or this answer. I'd suggest posting your own question vs. a comment to an answer that really has nothing to do with its non-existence. Mar 20, 2019 at 1:13
  • Sorry for the confusion; I'll ask my own question
    – Ky.
    Mar 20, 2019 at 14:15

I had the same issue on macOS High Sierra. Not being a Mac enthusiast, I went online to find some answers, but found none.

I eventually figured it out (at least in my case, a MacBook Air running High Sierra). The window that states finding software actually had another window hidden behind it, with a prompt asking if I wanted to continue on battery power?

Installation happened right away afterwards.

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    Same thing happened for me... what a nightmare. Feb 11, 2019 at 23:09
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    Wow, and it wasn't even visible except on touchbar. Thank you so much! Jul 29, 2019 at 5:37
  • glad i can help. it took me longer than I'm proud to admit to figure this out. Found it on accident moving it over to open a terminal
    – Werlious
    Sep 1, 2019 at 23:00

In my case, it was just waiting for the charger to get connected. That is confusing; at least it can prompt for it.

Click on stop; you will be able to resume the download.

  • OP in the last para indicated that Stop didn't work.
    – anki
    Jul 3, 2019 at 6:09

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