I know Xcode is installed because (1) I can launch it and (2) App Store offers to update it and successfully does so.

But every time I launch it, it asks me to install the command-line tools with a GUI pop-up, and makes no complaint of error when I OK that.

And brew keeps saying xcode-select --install but if I try it it complains

xcode-select: error: no developer tools were found, and no install could be requested (perhaps no UI is present), please install manually from 'developer.apple.com'.

It does NOT offer the GUI pop-up mentioned in the answer to Installing Xcode Command Line Tools


  • I believe, but not sure, Homebrew needs the standalone install of Command Line Tools for Xcode even if you have Xcode installed. If you are having issues with xcode-select --install then if you have a Developer account, (free or paid), go to https://developer.apple.com/download/more/ and manually download it and install. Nov 5, 2020 at 21:58
  • What output does running xcode-select -p prints in the Terminal?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Nov 6, 2020 at 10:27


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