Xcode iPhone Simulator location

I keep on forgetting the location of iPhone Simulator.app (I know, you can access it from within XCode, but that’s not always running when developing a website). Placing it here not to forget it anymore (and to find it back via Google):

XCODE 4.3 and XCODE 5:
/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone\ Simulator.app

/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone Simulator.app

Pro-tip, place a link in your Applications to the simulator using ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone\ Simulator.app /Applications/iPhone\ Simulator.app. That way the app will also be available from QuickSilver/Alfred 😉

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  1. NOTE: They’ve renamed “iPhone Simulator” to “iOS Simulator” so this terminal command doesn’t work anymore. You can still go into the folder manually (the path is provided in that terminal command) and just right click and select “Make Alias” and put the alias/shortcut wherever you want (like in your Applications folder).

  2. Xcode 4.3:

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

  3. This works for Xcode 5.0:

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

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