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Testing web pages with Xcode's iOS Simulator

Finding the Simulator

You can test with the iOS Simulator that comes with Xcode. Navigate to the Xcode app in the Finder, right click and select "Show Package Contents":

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Then navigate to Contents > Applications, and open the shortcut to "iPhone Simulator" (it may be called "iOS Simulator" depending on which version of Xcode you're running):

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Viewing & Testing

When you're in the simulator, click open Safari, click on the URL bar, and you can paste the testing URL using ^⌘V (Edit > Paste Text), then hit enter.

You can test different devices and orientations using the Hardware menu:

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Debugging

You can use Safari's inspector to debug web pages running in the simulator. Just open Safari (in OS X) alongside the simulator running Safari in iOS, and go to Develop > iPhone Simulator > [your device/tab]:

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brandondrew commented Feb 6, 2016

The latest version of Xcode does not have the simulator there:
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tomByrer commented Mar 3, 2016

@brandondrew:

  1. Open Xcode
  2. in appbar, right-click over Xcode
  3. Open Dev Tool, Simulator
  4. Change device in Menu:Hardware/Device/iOS ./etc
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stretchkennedy commented May 25, 2016

You can open the simulator from the normal cmd-e search dialogue now.

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SaraChicaD commented Aug 24, 2016

This was very helpful, thank you!

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martingebhardt commented Jun 2, 2017

@tomByrer Thank you!

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saiqulhaq commented Jul 14, 2017

The simulator app location has changed to /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Applications/Simulator.app

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eso32 commented Dec 1, 2018

@tomByrer thanks!

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