Xcode: Run iOS Emulator Without Starting Xcode

 

Starting iOS Emulator WITHOUT Starting Xcode

Assuming you have Xcode installed in /Applications, then you can do this from the command line to start the iPhone Simulator:

$ open /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone\ Simulator.app

You could create a symbolic-link from your Desktop to make this easier:

$ ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone\ Simulator.app \~/Desktop

As pointed out by @JackHahoney, you could also add an alias to your ~/.bash_profile:

alias simulator='open /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone\ Simulator.app'

Which would mean you could start the iPhone Simulator from the command line with one easy-to-remember word:

``` $ simulator ``