Having just installed OS X 10.11 last night, I was surprised to see that my Bash terminal did the following:

$ git
xcode-select: note: no developer tools were found at '/Applications/Xcode.app', requesting install. Choose an option in the dialog to download the command line developer tools.

Previous version of XCode did not transfer to the new OS. I tried a fresh install of Git, but still had the same XCode failure in Bash.

Is there good reason for this?

  • When that command-line message happens, you should also see a GUI dialog offering to install the latest version of the Xcode command-line tools. Did that not happen?
    – Spiff
    Oct 1, 2015 at 14:52
  • Yeah once I installed XCode it worked... I was more wondering why git now has a dependency on the Apple Dev Tools...?
    – Alex
    Oct 1, 2015 at 15:23

2 Answers 2


For me, this was a solution:

xcode-select --install

After the installation, git started to work again.

  • Good call thanks. Will mark as correct although I installed XCode and this fixed it too.
    – Alex
    Oct 2, 2015 at 8:05
  • Thanks :) This is my first answer on StackExchange, so it will help me to earn reputation.
    – Michal
    Oct 2, 2015 at 8:36

Faced this after upgrading to El-Capitan

xcode-select --install 

didn't work for me even after 'Finding Software' and Downloading. I don't have Xcode.app installed (Didn't want to install it) so i fixed it by downloading Command Line Tools from https://developer.apple.com/downloads/ (requires Apple SignIn) and installed it manually.

After installation i was able to run git commands again

  • I believe that the command xcode-select --install does exactly the same thing - install the Command Line Tools. You can read this in the command's help: xcode-select --help. I think it does not require Xcode.app to be installed.
    – Michal
    Jan 14, 2016 at 13:24

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