I'm currently using XCode in conjunction with Unity. When I initiate a build in Unity, it automatically runs XCode. XCode will then steal focus from whatever app I happen to be in. Is there a way of disabling apps stealing focus in OSX?

  • When you initiate a build in Unity, does a window or tab also automatically open in Xcode, or is it silent (just the app activates or becomes the focused app)?
    – Ali Samii
    Dec 19, 2012 at 23:35

1 Answer 1


You can add this to the Info.plist of Xcode to make it launch in the background:


(You might need to get write privileges on the Info.plist if you downloaded Xcode from the Mac App Store)

Source and details about what it can break: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20085680-263/keep-applications-from-stealing-focus-when-opening-in-os-x/

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