.XCSNAPSHOTS File Extension

Xcode Snapshot

Developer Apple
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What is an XCSNAPSHOTS file?

Project snapshot file created by Xcode, a Apple's development IDE for Mac OS X and iOS applications; contains all saved states of a development project, including resource files, source code, and project settings; can also include developer notes for each saved state; used for storing recovery checkpoints for a project.

More Information

Xcode snapshots are often used to save project states when submitting software to Apple's App Store. This helps developers track reported bugs against a specific version of the source code, and it also gives them a source code checkpoint for comparison when developing new features.

You can create a snapshot from an open Xcode project by choosing File → Create Snapshot... from the Xcode application menu. You can view your snapshots in the Xcode Organizer window by selecting the Projects tab. Click the Restore Snapshot button to restore a snapshot.

XCSNAPSHOTS files are saved to the ~/​Library/​Developer/​Xcode/​Snapshots/​ directory. Each snapshot file is specific to an Xcode project and contains all created snapshots for that project.

NOTE: Snapshots were introduced with Xcode 4.

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