Xcode 8.3: Cocoa Projects Use Storyboards

April 3rd, 2017

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In Xcode 8.3 Apple removed the Use Storyboards checkbox for new Cocoa application projects. New projects use storyboards. Keep a copy of Xcode 8.2 to create new projects if you prefer using xib files.

If you want to use xib files instead of storyboards in Xcode 8.3, you’ll have to remove the storyboard from the project and add a xib file to the project. You will also have to tell Xcode to use your xib file as the main interface file for the project.

  1. Select your project from the project navigator to open the project editor.
  2. Select the application target from the left side of the project editor.
  3. Click the General button at the top of the project editor.
  4. Enter the name of the xib file in the Main Interface combo box. Don’t enter the .xib extension.


Additional information can be found in the following thread on Apple’s developer forums:

Did Xcode 8.3 update eliminate the basic AppDelegate project template?


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