I originally installed Xcode via Apple's developer website (not through the App Store). Later on, I installed Xcode via the App Store.

Now in Launchpad, I have two icons for each of these apps: Xcode, Instruments, Dashcode, and Quartz Composer. None of the icons have an "X" button to remove them from Launchpad.


  1. Does this mean that I have 2 versions of Xcode installed?
  2. If not, how can I verify that I only have one version installed?
  3. How can I know which file each Launchpad icon is referencing?
  4. If it's purely a cosmetic thing, how would I get rid of the second set of icons? (And does it matter which set I get rid of?)


I see that the /Developer folder contains an Applications folder, but it also contains SDKs, Documentation, Platforms, etc.

My /Applications folder contains the folder Developer. Inside of /Applications/Developer, there are 4 aliases which link to the /Developer folder. For example, the Xcode alias (/Applications/Developer/Xcode) links to /Developer/Applications/Xcode.app.

  • I wouldn't trust Launchpad. Try typing "Xcode" into Spotlight instead. – Costique Apr 4 '12 at 21:18

If you have the latest Xcode (4.3.2 at time of writing) it should be in /Applications/Xcode. You may have an older Xcode in /Developer. /Developer is now no longer used by Xcode. You should remove it using the provided script if you don't need the old version any more. Execute

sudo /Xcode4/Library/uninstall-devtools --mode=all

and authenticate. When that script completes you can remove the /Developer folder entirely but you should allow Xcode's script to take care of its somewhat "fragile" installation first.

New Xcode lives in /Applications and is much more like a conventional Mac OS X app these days. Lots more information about putting it in the dock, finding other developer apps, command line tools etc. in this other answer of mine.


2 Xcode versions can co-exist on a mac, we use it in our company for checking backward compatibility. Till date, we have never faced any issues because of this.

  • Can you elaborate on how you installed two Xcode versions in parallel? – nohillside Jul 9 '12 at 17:51
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    just install it in two different folder locations . My old version is in /Developer and latest Xcode in /Xcode. – user24921 Jul 10 '12 at 12:44

The old version of Xcode used to reside in /Developer whereas the current version has been moved to the standard /Applications. Consider checking both locations for the program. It is safe to delete the /Developer folder if you have the current version installed.

  • Delete the entire /Developer folder? It seems like that would get rid of everything. I updated my question to clarify. – Senseful Apr 4 '12 at 21:54
  • Sounds like your system has been modified. XCode 4.3.2 definitely installs to /Applications/XCode.app and ignores any existing /Developer/ folder. Just to be clear, a path beginning with '/' is in the root of the hard drive. – zwerdlds Apr 4 '12 at 22:19
  • Yes, I'm following the same convention of / at the beginning refers to root. Perhaps it's because I originally installed it through Apple's website rather than the App Store. I guess the solution I would prefer at this point is to uninstall everything and reinstall via the App Store. – Senseful Apr 4 '12 at 22:32
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    Don't delete the /Developer folder - run the script and let it uninstall itself first. Most times on a Mac I agree you can just trash the folder but not this time. – Adam Eberbach Apr 5 '12 at 0:09

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