Troubleshooting Appium Error: “Could not get Xcode version”

Troubleshooting Appium Error: "Could not get Xcode version"

5 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

If you’re encountering an error with Appium that states “Could not get Xcode version: Could not get Xcode version. /Library/Developer/Info.plist does not exist on disk,” there’s a straightforward solution to get your tests back up and running. This error typically arises when Appium cannot find the path to your Xcode installation. Let’s walk through the steps to resolve this issue.

Switching the Xcode Path

The core of the problem often lies in the fact that Appium is looking for Xcode in the wrong location. To correct this, you need to specify the correct path to where Xcode is installed on your machine. This is done using the xcode-select command, which allows you to switch between different Xcode installations.

Using the xcode-select Command

Open your Terminal and execute the following command:

sudo xcode-select --switch /Applications/

This command will set the Xcode path to the default location where Xcode is typically installed. If you have installed Xcode in a different location, replace /Applications/ with the actual path to your Xcode app.

Resetting Xcode Path

If the above step doesn’t resolve the issue, you may need to reset the Xcode path before switching to the correct one. To do this, run:

sudo xcode-select --reset

Once reset, you can then switch to the proper Xcode path as described in the previous section.

Verifying Xcode Installation

Ensure that the Xcode app is indeed installed in your Applications folder. If it’s not, move it there or install it via the Mac App Store before attempting the steps above.

Checking Appium Compatibility

If you are using an older version of Appium with the latest Xcode, there might be compatibility issues. Make sure that you have the latest version of Appium installed, or if you are using a beta version of Xcode, you might need to install the Appium beta with:

npm uninstall -g appium && npm install -g appium@beta


By following these steps, you should be able to resolve the “Could not get Xcode version” error and continue with your Appium testing. It is crucial to ensure that Appium is pointed to the correct Xcode path and that your versions of Appium and Xcode are compatible.

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