macOS Open XML File


#1

I have successfully installed Atom on my MacBook. When I selected an XML file to open, a message displayed giving me two options: To either download ‘XCode’ from the App Store, or ‘Install’ command line tools. I went ahead and selected ‘Install’ command line tools.

I’m not quite sure what I’ve chosen to install. Can someone please clarify for me? Also, where can I find what I selected to install?

Many thanks in advance.


#2

You are probably talking about the XCode Commandline Tools. If you want to open an XML file with Atom, just drag & drop it on the Atom icon (or window). To permanently assign Atom as viewer for XML files, mark any XML file and press Cmd+I, pick Atom from the dropdown list and click on Change all.


#3

Thank you for the reply and explanation. Did I do the right thing, when I chose to install the XCode Command Line Tools?

Also, if I ever stop using Atom, can I uninstall the tools? And where are they installed on my Mac?

Thank you


#4

You don’t need to install XCode or XCode Developer Tools. Atom can open XML files without these.


#5

Are you using any packages that interact with XML files?


#6

Thank you both for the replies. How strange. My Atom installation was new, and the first file I selected to open was an XML file, generated from the Android app - SMS Backup and Restore. When I selected the file to open, a message displayed asking me to either visit the Mac App Store to download/install XCode, or to install the Developer Tools (I chose this option, and did not have to leave Atom to install the tools).

If I ever uninstall Atom, will these tools be uninstalled with it? Or, have they been installed elsewhere, and how can I find them?

Thank you.


#7

What happens if you open another XML file? Do you get the same message? If so, can you post a screenshot of it?


#8

I guess that XCode is simply the default application for XML files, but since it’s not installed by default, you were directed to the App Store


#9

Thanks for the replies. For information, I didn’t install XCode. However, I think ‘some tools’ were installed, when I clicked on the Install button, as I opened the XML file.

XML files now open without issue.

At some point, I will need to uninstall Atom from my Mac. When I do so, will the ‘tools’ that installed also be uninstalled along with Atom, or will I need to look else where for them?

Thanks again.


#10

No, as mentioned before, the tools are not related to Atom at all. You can remove them by deleting the /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools folder.


#12

Thank you. Can I delete from the command line by running the command:

rm -rf /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools