iOS Dev Tools

The greatest iOS development tools, including websites, desktop and mobile apps, and back-end services.
Updated daily by Adam Swinden.

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Bugsee

A free SDK for bug and crash reporting of iOS, Android and the web. Bugsee allows you to report a bug directly from the app by just clicking the screenshot. Reports include video of the last minute, full events log, console logs and network traffic along with all environment details. In the case of a crash, Bugsee will auto report the video leading up to the crash, including the reason, method, and the file and line number that caused the crash. Everything is available to view online with video synchronised with all system events and logs.

Expressions

A super simple app for playing with and testing regular expressions. Expressions is probably the best looking regex app with a beautiful minimalistic UI, fullscreen support, automatic dark and light modes, and an editor that gives you full regex syntax highlighting and a live preview of your expression's results. You can choose between highlighting entire matches or just a single group within your match and easily switch between matched groups with a keyboard shortcut of menubar item.

PlayAlways

A menubar app to quickly create new iOS or macOS Swift playgrounds. With PlayAlways once you've set the path of where you want to save them, you can create iOS, macOS or tvOS playgrounds with a single click or keyboard shortcut. It also includes an Xcode extension that will create a playground from your currently selected Swift code, making it even easier to quickly test an idea in Swift before using it in your apps.

simMagnifier

A mac app that gives you easy access to the latest run apps on your iOS Simulators. simMagnifier lets you explore Core Data content in the Simulator's Documents folders and will try to detect your Core Data configuration automatically. Once loaded you can add new instances, delete or edit current ones, filter entities, explore relationships, and execute fetch requests. It also gives you quick access to important Simulator folders, like Documents, Application Support, App Bundle, and more, and you can check data stored in NSUserDefaults.

Server-Side Swift

A new book that teaches you Swift for the server and web development through real-world projects. Server-Side Swift takes you from beginner to intermediate with IBM's Kitura framework for server-side Swift using 12 practical projects. The course covers everything from sessions, databases, and logging, to templating, user authentication, and more, all in the latest version of Swift. You'll end up with a huge library of finished projects you can develop further or use as the base for something entirely new.

AppCodes

An online ASO tool that helps you check and improve your app's visibility in the App Store. AppCodes gives you up to date rankings for up to 200 App Store search queries to see the effectiveness of your app's keywords. You can also track your competitors including their press mentions and keywords from their App Store descriptions. You also get access to tools that can help you identify new keywords and measure phrase popularity and competitiveness, to improve your ranking with your next app update.

Snowflake

A swift library that adds support for SVG images to iOS and Mac apps. Snowflake supports a number of SVG features including paths, circles, lines, rects, and more, converting each of them into native UIBezierPaths and CALayers. As with SVGs, the loaded shape data is infinitely scalable without losing detail making it perfect for resolution independent in app graphics. The great thing about using CALayers is that you can add animations to any SVG element to bring your images to life.

FBSimulatorControl

A Mac OS X library for managing, booting and interacting with multiple iOS Simulators simultaneously. FBSimulatorControl is built by the engineers at Facebook and can simultaneously launch iPhone, iPad, watchOS and tvOS simulators, making if perfect for running end-to-end tests. It can boot Simulators via Xcode's Simulator.app or by launching directly with CoreSimulator. Direct launch supports video recording and fetching screenshots and crashlogs.

Sourcery

A tool that helps you avoid repeating yourself with duplicate code for common iOS development tasks. Sourcery scans your source code, applies your personal templates and generates Swift code for you, allowing you to use meta-programming techniques to save time and decrease potential mistakes. It saves you time and errors for tasks such as adding NSCoding support, JSON serialisation, or adding Equatable or Hashable conformance. It also features built-in daemon support, allowing you to write your templates in real-time side-by-side with generated code for immediate feedback.

needless

A simple command line tool that can help you write better, more concise Swift APIs by removing needless words from function names. needless can process text from STDIN or files specified in a list of paths and will attempt to apply the Swift API Design Guidelines by printing out function names with needless words such as repeated type information and will even suggest an alternative. You can also add it as an Xcode build phase that will generate warnings to highlight wordy functions in the source files.

Refactorator App

The app version of the Refactorator Xcode plugin for refactoring Swift. Now that Xcode 8 has removed plugin support, Refactorator App supplies the same renaming functionality in a standalone app. In addition to being able to rename public or internal vars, functions, enums etc it can now also generate a complete standalone static website of navigable code from your Xcode project with linked entities between files.

Freeter

A productivity tool that lets you collect together all the things you need to work on your project(s) in one place. Freeter provides you with a dashboard for each project where you can add a number of useful widgets. This includes a Commander widget, that lets you execute a command line script or command with a single click; a File Explorer widget to view a file and folder tree; an Opener widget to get one click access to specific files and folders; a Webpage widget to load any site such as a task manager or dev site; and several more.

pxctest

A command line tool that lets you execute tests in parallel on multiple iOS simulators. pxctest is simple to install using Homebrew, and once you've compiled your project for testing, you can run a single command to execute your tests on as many simulators as you need, including different devices and iOS versions. There are a number of different options to customise how your tests are run, and you can even provide a file that is copied to the simulator's Preferences plist to change the state of the simulator settings.

Adaptivity

A simple iOS app that helps you visualise how Size Classes and layout margins look on real devices and how they change with respect to orientation, iPad multitasking (i.e. Slide Over/Split View) and Dynamic Type size changes. Adaptivity displays guides, sizes in pixels or points and current size classes over the top of many standard UI elements including pop-overs, modal presentations, split view controllers, tab bar controllers, and more. There's even two Notification Centre widgets, a notification content extension and an iMessage app to help you size up all kinds of apps.

Keyframes

A combined Adobe ExtendScript for After Effects and library for iOS and Android that lets you create high quality, vector based animations with complex shape and path curves, all with minimal file footprint. Keyframes is created by the clever developers at Facebook Incubator and makes it easy to add sophisticated vector animations from After Effects projects such as the reactions all Facebook users are familiar with. Running the ExtendScript outputs compact JSON files which can then be loaded into the library to be rendered in your app.

AppWage

An open source Mac app for downloading and viewing App Store sales, reviews and rankings. AppWage gives you quick access to information such as the number of downloads, in-app purchases, promo codes and refunds. You can track your rankings allowing you to see where and when your apps change position in charts, and download reviews from each and every country, and have them translated into your local language. You can also add your competitors app to track their reviews and rankings as well.

App Store Screenshot

A simple, minimalistic and free online tool for generating good looking screenshots for the App Store and Google Play Store. App Store Screenshot lets you use your in-app screenshots to generate professional looking screenshots that will match the App Store's and Google Play's requirements. You can pick a background colour, choose from ten different device images, and add text with custom font and styling, before previewing and downloading ready to be upload to the App Store.

codethemes

A curated collection of Xcode themes. codethemes includes over 60 different themes for Xcode categorised as light or dark, for which you can view the source, download or quickly install using ThemeInstaller. Currently the list only includes themes for Xcode, but support for other IDEs and editors will be added in the future.

ThemeInstaller

A simple Mac app that makes is really easy to install themes for Xcode. ThemeInstaller saves you from having to manually copy the theme files to the correct directory. Just open a *.dvtcolortheme and it will be installed and ready to use on the next launch of Xcode. You can also install themes from any website that provides link with themeinstaller://install/theme-url schema.

Navicat

A set of database administration tools for most popular databases including SQLite making it a great tool for databases on iOS. Navicat offers general database functions like editing/designing tables, data entry, SQL dumping, and creating/editing users, as well as other useful features such as the Import/Export Wizard, Report Builder, Data Modelling, Query Builder, Code Completion, Data/Structure Synchronisation, Batch Job Scheduler, HTTP/SSH Tunnel Connection, File Backup, and more. Each version if available to buy for one price with a 14 day free trial.

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