xcbuild is an Xcode-compatible build tool with the goal of providing faster builds, better documentation of the build process and running on multiple platforms (in particular OS X and Linux)
|Blazing fast incremental builds||xcbuild + Ninja|
|Documents the Xcode build process|
|Builds Xcode projects and workspaces|
|Supports Swift apps and frameworks||Clean Build||30.103s||25.122s|
|Tools and libraries for Xcode projects|
|Fully compatible with xcpretty|
|Uses Ninja and llbuild||Incremental Build||2.190s||0.046s |
|Open source under the BSD license|
|Builds on Linux|
xcbuild and other build tools
|xcbuild and xctool are both Xcode-compatible build systems. We plan on slowly deprecating xctool's build support but keep it as a great way to run tests.||Facebook's main build system is Buck. Buck has a stronger architecture and advanced features like artifact caching while having a much simpler build format. If you have a new project, it's highly recommended.||xcbuild works great with xcpretty. Pipe the output from xcbuild to xcpretty the same way as you would from
- Xcode 7 or later, on OS X.
- GCC 4.8 or later, on Linux.
pkg-configare also required.
- CMake and Ninja (or llbuild).
- With Homebrew:
brew install cmake ninja
- With Homebrew:
git clone https://github.com/facebook/xcbuild cd xcbuild git submodule update --init make
Build output will be in the
build directory. Run xcbuild with
The command line options are compatible with xcodebuild.
xcbuild -workspace Example.xcworkspace -scheme Example
Using Ninja (or llbuild)
To switch to the significantly faster Ninja executor:
xcbuild -executor ninja [-workspace Example.xcworkspace ...]
-executor ninja parameters, the options are otherwise identical. The Ninja executor is fastest if it can avoid re-generating the Ninja files if the build configuration and input project files do not change.
xcbuild actively welcomes contributions from the community. If you're interested in contributing, be sure to check out the contributing guide. It includes some tips for getting started in the codebase, as well as important information about the code of conduct, license, and CLA.
xcbuild is built on build system documentation from the community. In particular, thanks to these people for their writing:
Third-party licenses are listed in the