The Organizer Window in Xcode - dummies

By Neal Goldstein, Dave Wilson

When developing iOS apps in Xcode, you can have only one Organizer window (shown in the following figure). You use the organizers in this window to manage all the development resources (projects, the Workspace, repositories, and so forth) on your local system in addition to using documentation, managing devices, and managing archives.


To display the Organizer window, click the Organizer button in the Workspace window’s toolbar (you’ll see it there on the far right) or choose Window→Organizer. The window includes five individual organizers, whose tasks are:

  • Devices organizer: Lets you provision a device, manage your developer profile, install iOS on the device, and work with your application and its data. This organizer is present only if the iOS SDK is installed.

  • Repositories organizer: Lets you create, view, and manage Git and Subversion repositories for your Workspace in a single consistent interface.

  • Projects organizer: Lets you find, view, and manage an open project or Workspace, its derived data, and its snapshots.

  • Archives organizer: Lets you view and manage build product archives resulting from your distribution scheme.

  • Documentation organizer: Lets you find documentation and sample code and use them within Xcode. You can search and explore documentation and set bookmarks, and I suggest that you explore these topics further.

Each of these organizers includes task-oriented contextual help articles that you can view by choosing the Organizer and clicking in its content pane while pressing Control.

The Help menu’s search field (in the Xcode menu bar) also lets you search Xcode Help, the Xcode User Guide, and Documentation and API Reference, all of which open the Documentation pane of the Organizer window. You can also choose Quick Help for Selected Item, which displays a Quick Help panel above the selected symbol in the editor.