I performed a fresh install of macOS Mojave 10.14. Immediately after that I installed Xcode Version 10.0 (10A255) from the Mac App Store.

Now, I wish to install Homebrew which requires Xcode Command Line Tools to be installed. My understanding is that installing Xcode also installs the Command Line Tools. Or not?

As per this answer, I checked if the Command Line Tools are installed by running:

xcode-select -p

which printed the path for the Developer directory as follows:


As suggested in the answer, I also verified the return value by running:

echo $?

which retuned 0.

I also ran, gcc and make and bash was able to locate and execute them.

Thus far I am convinced that the Xcode Command Line Tools are installed. Now when I execute:

xcode-select --install

I get this alert:

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What's the probable reason for this disparity? Will this install Xcode Command Line Tools twice? Or overwrite the existing installation?

As I understand, Xcode Command Line Tools can be installed without installing Xcode. Also, from my previous experience, if the Command Line Tools aren't installed separately from Xcode (by running xcode-select --install), they are not detected by Homebrew, i.e. when running brew config, the value for CLT: is shown as N/A.

Here's the complete picture (pardon the pun):

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Although I am talking in context of macOS Mojave, the question remains the same with regard to previous versions of macOS.

What is the advisable approach to take here?

Note: After installing Xcode, I launched it, accepted license agreement and let it finish its run of installing additional tools (which is a one time activity).


Apparently, there is some distinction between the command line tools installed for use by Xcode and the tools installed for system-wide use:

For my machine, running xcode-select --install and choosing to install the tools from the window that popped up helped fix the problem. I was able to confirm that it was fixed when running brew config and seeing a valid entry for CLT:

macOS: 10.14-x86_64
Xcode: 10.0
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    (commenting for seo) I'm here because my git commands were failing. This answer was the fix I needed to get git commands working again eg. git branch etc – Jacksonkr Dec 29 '18 at 19:41
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    You can also select an Xcode version for the CLT from within Xcode's preferences on the Location tab. You'll see tons of references online to a "downloads" tab, which no longer exists. Can anyone shed light on what this selection in Xcode actually does? brew config confirms I have the CLT installed, but Qt is whining that I need Xcode 5 (yes, 5, WTH). Apparently this CLT selection has something to do with it. – Oscar Jan 22 '19 at 0:40

I had the same problem after upgrading to Mojave. Running

xcode-select --install

Led to the error

Can't install the software because it is not currently available from the Software Update server

Downloading the command line tools from developer.apple.com finally resolved the problem.

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I ran into a similar issue trying to install some python packages (with jsonnet as dependency), and found a solution here. After running;

xcode-select --install

Apparently you still have to install the package, which you can do from terminal;

open /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/Packages/macOS_SDK_headers_for_macOS_10.14.pkg

Although Steven already answered your question, I hope this helps someone!

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Downloading the command line tools from developer.apple.com resolved the issue, however downloaded the Command Line Tools for Xcode 10.14 and not the Beta version...

Hope this solves your issue...

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