Xcode 10: Create Global Git Ignore File

January 7th, 2019

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Xcode 10 lets you create a global .gitignore file so you don’t have to create a .gitignore file for each project you create. Go to Xcode’s Source Control Preferences and click the Git button in the preferences window. You most likely have an empty list of ignored files. Click the Add button to add files […]


Xcode 10: Improved Bitbucket and GitLab support

September 20th, 2018

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Xcode 10 improves version control support for Bitbucket and GitLab. You can add your Bitbucket and GitLab accounts to Xcode from Xcode’s Accounts preferences. Click the Add button to add an account. A sheet opens. Choose Bitbucket Cloud to add your Bitbucket account. Choose GitLab.com to add your GitLab account. Starting in Xcode 10 you […]


Git Detached Head

March 27th, 2018

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I’ve recently seen multiple questions online from people having problems committing to git because the git repository had a detached head. This article answers the most common questions about detached heads. What Is a Detached Head? A detached head in a git repository occurs when the repository has no current branch. Why Is a Detached […]


Going Back to a Previous Git Commit in Xcode

March 12th, 2018

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Something that can happen to you when using version control is you commit a change to the version control repository, realize you made a mistake, and want to go back to an earlier commit. How do you do this in Xcode? Xcode provides no direct way to go back to an earlier commit. What you […]


Ignoring Files That Are Already in a Git Repository

March 5th, 2018

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In a previous post, I showed how to tell git to ignore files in Xcode projects. But what do you do if you want to ignore a file that git is currently tracking? Remove the file from the git repository. Add the file you want to ignore to the git ignore file. If you don’t […]


Telling Git to Ignore Files in Xcode Projects

February 28th, 2018

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When you create a project in Xcode and create a git repository, git initially tracks every file in the project, but this behavior isn’t what you want. Xcode projects contain a lot of files. Some of these files shouldn’t be tracked by git because they change every time you build your project. Having files you […]


Xcode 9: Adding Your Project to GitHub

February 21st, 2018

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Before Xcode 9, setting up your project to work on GitHub involved a lot of work. You had to login to GitHub, create a repository, go back to your Mac, launch the Terminal application, navigate to your project directory, and run multiple git commands. Xcode 9 makes working with GitHub much easier. You can add […]


Creating a Git Repository for an Existing Xcode Project

February 12th, 2018

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When you create a new Xcode project, Xcode gives you the option to create a git repository on your Mac. How do you create a git repository for a project after the project has been created? Choose Source Control > Create Git Repositories. A sheet opens. Click the Create button and Xcode will create a […]


Xcode 9: Ignore Files

September 25th, 2017

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Xcode 9’s Source Control preferences let you specify files to ignore so the version control system won’t track them.


Xcode 9: Source Control Navigator

September 13th, 2017

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Xcode moved the branching version control operations to the source control navigator, whose button is next to the project navigator. The source control navigator shows your local branches, tags, and remote branches. Selecting a branch shows the commit history for the branch. Double-clicking a commit shows the changes you made in that commit. Select a […]