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Currently I use Eclipse on my Mac to develop with plain C++. However, I've been getting quite a few problems with it, but held back bc of my low disk space. Recently, I've freed a lot of disk space and wish to switch over to Xcode due to multiple advantages. But even after I freed like 30 gigs of space, I can't install the newest version avaliable of Xcode that is even larger than the entire Big Sur OS.

So, what is the best Xcode version for C++ development that preferably isn't that large?

Side question: What is the newest version of Xcode that has new features/a new feature for C++ development?

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  • In general there is only one version of Xcode that can run on a particular version of MacOS and even when there are several they are all about the same size.
    – mmmmmm
    Jul 8, 2022 at 10:46
  • @mmmmmm the first part is not true. The macOS version that can run the least amount of Xcodes is 10.3, it can run 4 versions, 1.0~1.5 . All the other versions can run over 4 versions, unless you count macOS 11 on ARM as a seperate version, in which case it can still run two distinct versions, 12.5~12.5.1.
    – Aaron Liu
    Jul 8, 2022 at 11:02
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    OK it is a limited number - but in practice you want to be running the latest version that runs on an OS.
    – mmmmmm
    Jul 8, 2022 at 11:09
  • but as I'd only use it for C++ development, a lot of updates are pointless while increasing the size of the app.
    – Aaron Liu
    Jul 8, 2022 at 11:11
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    I would start with working out what C++ features you want and then see what Xcode version you want. However I would first fix your disk size - possibly move data onto external disks,
    – mmmmmm
    Jul 8, 2022 at 11:45

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