Mac – XCode – SDK “iphoneos” cannot be located – how to fix How to fix the SDK "iphoneos" cannot be located error when working on XCode using MacOS

Mac - XCode - SDK "iphoneos" cannot be located - how to fix

If you’ve stumbled upon this post, it most likely means that you’re getting this error:

SDK “iphoneos” cannot be located

when trying to run a pod install or perform similar command-line tasks from a Mac terminal while working on a XCode project.

This is a typical scenario when you update a lot of stuff together – such as XCode and CocoaPods.

Luckily enough, the fix is very simple: open a new terminal window and type the following command:


If XCode is installed, you should see a wrong installation path, such as /Library/Developer/ or something like that: it’s very likely that your XCode installation is located somewhere else – such as in the /Applications/ folder. If that’s so, you can fix your issue by typing the following command:

If the xcode-select command return a “not found” error, it most likely means that XCode is not installed: just install it and try again.



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IT Project Manager, Web Interface Architect and Lead Developer for many high-traffic web sites & services hosted in Italy and Europe. Since 2010 it's also a lead designer for many App and games for Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile devices for a number of italian companies. Microsoft MVP for Development Technologies since 2018.

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