Xcode 3.2.6 on OS X 10.7 or 10.8

Even if you still have an Xcode 3.2.6 installer rotting in your archive, you won’t be able to install it on OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. The installer just refuses to install.

That’s a problem if you still need to compile your plugins for R12 or R13, because those releases’ project files are not quite compatible with Xcode 4.4 (and the binaries compiled with Xcode 4.4 don’t work in R12 and R13, either).

Therefore, many developers still keep an installation of OS X (Snow) Leopard on a second Mac or a secondary partition.

The solution

Well, it’s not a solution for everybody. But if you’re lucky and still have a working installation of Xcode 3.2.6 on an older OS X version, you can simply copy the whole Developer folder over to OS X (Mountain) Lion. Yes, it’s that easy. It works.

Xcode 3.2.6 on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Another solution

A Tumblr user suggested a way to actually run the Xcode 3.2.6 installer on 10.7 or 10.8:


Frank Willeke

worked with computers since more than 20 years | got hooked on computer graphics back on the AMIGA | started programming at the age of 13 | relesed some successful plugins for cinema 4d | started working for maxon computer gmbh in 2009 | now contributing to cinema 4d as a senior developer making electronic music since 1993 | playing the electric guitar since 1995 age of 14 | first live gigs in 1997 | playing the bass guitar 2005 | playing keyboards and synths since 2012 experimenting with photography since 2003