How can I programmatically determine if my app is running in the iphone simulator?

Already asked, but with a very different title.

What #defines are set up by Xcode when compiling for iPhone

I’ll repeat my answer from there:

It’s in the SDK docs under “Compiling source code conditionally”

The relevant definition is TARGET_OS_SIMULATOR, which is defined in /usr/include/TargetConditionals.h within the iOS framework. On earlier versions of the toolchain, you had to write:

#include "TargetConditionals.h"

but this is no longer necessary on the current (Xcode 6/iOS8) toolchain.

So, for example, if you want to check that you are running on device, you should do

    // Simulator-specific code
    // Device-specific code

depending on which is appropriate for your use-case.

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