Apple Releases Open Source Swift Community at

Posted 12/8/2015 9:06:57 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Apple Releases Open Source Swift Community at
Apple has announced the availability of an open source Swift community, including the new which is dedicated to open source Swift. The website hosts resources for developers that want to contribute to Swift, offer fixes, and interact with other developers. allows any Apple developer to download the Swift code and in-development builds. More advanced developers interested in contributing to the project can file bugs, participate in the community, and contribute their own fixes and enhancements. The builds are not meant for production App Store development and developers will need to use the stable releases of Swift included in Xcode as a requirement for app submission to the App Store..

With developers receive access to:

- A bug reporting and tracking system
- Mailing lists
- A blog dedicated to the engineering of Swift
- Community guidelines
- Getting started tutorials
- Contributing instructions
- Documentation on Swift
- Developer and API design guidelines

Other Swift announcements include a new GitHub public source code; a new Swift package manager project that makes it easier for sharing and building code; a Swift-native core libraries project offering higher-level functionality above the standard library; and platform support for all Apple platforms as well as Linux.

Appleā€™s new GitHub repositories are located at and offer all the source code for the Swift project. The public repositories include the Swift compiler, LLDB debugger and REPL, the standard and core libraries, the package manager, and other supporting projects.

The Swift Package Manager is an early-stage project that will be developed as open source from the outset. The repository is in a very early state and Apple will be using the developer engagement to expand the functionality of the package manager.

Open source Swift runs on a Mac and is capable of building apps for OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. also offers a Linux version of Swift, with a Linux toolset including package manager support, the LLDB debugger, and the REPL. hosts binary downloads of the compilers and command line tools for the Apple and Linux platforms to help developer get up and running. The latest version of Xcode supports an alternate toolchain option designed to make it simple to try out the latest open source builds of Swift from within Xcode.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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