“xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools), missing xcrun at: /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/xcrun” – git in terminal does not work after macOS upgrade to Catalina


This blog post is how to get git going after upgrading to Catalina (10.15).

I use git as a method of storing all my presentations and work files. It was a great way to learn how to use git. I use git commands and run them in the Terminal app on my mac.

However after upgrading to Catalina this weekend:


I always run

git status

to see what changes I have locally.

I then run

git pull

in case I’ve made change to source control on my other computer and need to merge changes.

However I got this error:

xcrun: error: invalid active developer path (/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools), missing xcrun at: /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/usr/bin/xcrun


The fix was relatively easy and I’ve had to use it before for other apps when upgrading macOS:

xcode-select --install

It took about 3 minutes to install the latest XCODE utilities/libraries and then everything worked again.


You can also try

xcode-select --reset

But my opinion was – I’ve upgraded the OS I may as well upgrade the utilities as well.



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