Xcode is an integrated development environment provided by Apple to developers for developing applications for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS and tvOS. It only runs on macOS! What if you don't have a Mac PC? This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard tells you how to use Xcode on Windows.
1. Rent a Mac
Someone connects a bunch of Mac’s to the internet and then you can sign in on one of those Macs via a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP). Through this way, you can rent a Mac "in the Cloud".
Because you’re essentially connected to a Mac that’s elsewhere, you can run Xcode on your Windows PC.
Cloud-based Macs usually come in 3 flavours:
- A dedicated Mac: The Mac you get access to is a physical Mac.
- A virtual Mac: The Mac you get access to is a virtual Mac. The Mac won’t run on Apple hardware, but it will run macOS.
- A Mac Build Server: It is a specialized kind of Mac that can be used to compile iOS apps.
Renting a Mac has two disadvantages:
- High price: Mac rent service usually charges $10-30 per month. Some dedicated Mac rent service may charge more.
- You can’t easily connect your iPhone to Xcode via USB. If you want to run and debug your app on your own iPhone, you should use iPhone Simulator, Flexihub, NoMachine, USB Network Gate, or other tools.
2. Build MacOS Virtual Machine
If you don't want to spend money, you can try this method. The disadvantage of this method is that the MacOS virtual machine installation process is very complicated. You can use VirtualBox or VMware to install a MacOS VM. But to make sure the MacOS VM can run smoothly, your PC should meet the following requirements:
- CPU:4th Intel i5 or higher
- RAM:at least 8GB
- Storage:more than 100 GB free space
If you plan to create a MacOS VM using VMware, please refer to the following post:
3. Build a Hackintosh
Apple doesn't allow users to install MacOS on PCs that are not produced by Apple or authorized by Apple. If you do so, the OS is called Hackintosh.
Although installing Hackintosh will infringe copyright, many people do that still. If you don't want to use the above methods to run Xcode, you can try Hackintosh. You can even dual boot Windows and macOS.
However, building a Hackintosh can be a complicated job. Not all hardware is compatible with macOS. Moreover, Apple has of course created safe-guards against booting macOS on unsupported hardware.
But if you want to try this, please go to hackintosh.com for more information and step-by-step installation guide.
How to use Xcode on Windows? To some extent, this problem is similar to how to run MacOS on Windows, because Xcode can only run on MacOS. I have offered 3 solutions. If you have other ideas, please share with us in the following comment zone.