iOS Dev Tools

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

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Backend Services
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Hund

A hosted, automated, customisable status page service. Hund offers several infrastructure integrations including Amazon Web Services, Pingdom, New Relic, and more, to constantly monitor the availability of your web service. Unlike other status pages that require manual changes, Hund updates automatically and can be configured to notify your audience of any issues by email, RSS and Twitter. You also get detailed performance metrics and historical uptime charts, and the status page styling can be customised to match your brand. […]

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Backend Services
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Vapor

A modular web framework written in pure Swift that works on iOS, OS X, and Ubuntu. Vapor provides request routing using pattern matching with full Swift type safety for the request details and parameters. You could use it to create a full web service with JSON responses, or a complete website with pure HTML views or templated views rendering using Mustache or Stencil. It also includes support for custom cookies and there’s some clever validation features to validate the data coming into your application. Vapor is open source and accepting pull requests. […]

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Backend Services
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Runstatus

A free hosted status page for your backend service. Runstatus is hosted separately from your app, so continues informing your users even if you have an infrastructure issue. The status pages include detailed status information for each component of your service including timelines of uptime history and scheduled maintenance windows, and are fully responsive and customisable with your branding. There’s also Twitter integration to tweet your status changes and API and finger terminal support. […]

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Backend Services
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Swift Express

An asynchronous, simple, powerful, yet unopinionated web application server written in Swift inspired by Play Framework and Express.js. Swift Express runs on OS X and Linux with and without Dispatch, is 100% asynchronous and compatible with Swift 2.1 and 2.2. It currently offers a simple routing mechanism, request handlers chaining, response templating with Stencil and Mustache, built-in JSON support, and static file serving. It also includes a command line tool for managing dependencies, building the project and running the app. […]

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Backend Services
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SendBird

A drop-in SDK and backend service that makes it easy to add realtime in-app messaging and chat. SendBird provides all the features you need to enable one-to-one messaging, group messages, or public chat rooms, including customisable white-label UI elements, and a powerful realtime chat API. You get complete control over your chat platform with profanity filtering, user blocking, multi-platform SDKs and an analytics dashboard. Your users get messages syncing across all their devices, typing indicators, read receipts, and delivery status. It’s free to get started with additional paid plans. […]

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Backend Services
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Tapglue

A drop-in SDK and backend service that makes it really simple to add complete social features to your add to create a social network. Tapglue offers fully customisable plug & play tools for all the social network features you need, including new feeds with likes, comments and shares, user profiles with friends and followers, social activity notifications, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. It’s free to get started up to 1,000 users with paid plans beyond that. […]

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Backend Services
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Elasticode

A drop-in SDK and backend service that aims to improve mobile engagement in your app with customisable user on-boarding, feature walkthroughs, product tours, update suggestions, permission requests and more. Elasticode lets you design your user interactions online using over 10,000 different elements and animations before pushing to your app remotely without having to go through app review. The latest feature, BackView, even lets you utilise how your app appears in the multi-tasking app-switcher to encourage users to come back to your app. […]

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Backend Services
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Statuspage

A status page generator that lets you host your status page for free on GitHub. Statuspage uses issues to automate displaying incidents and labels for severity. When you create your page you’ll be prompted to enter the systems you want to display on your status page (e.g. your apps website or backend). Once your page is up and running, you can create an issue in GitHub to display a new incident and select labels to identify the system and severity. When the incident is resolved, just close the issue to remove it from the status page. Statuspage also comes with a fully customisable template and CSS. […]

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Backend Services
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Kitura

A new lightweight web framework from IBM that lets you build end-to-end web services with complex routes in Swift and quickly deploy them on both OSX and Linux. Kitura’s design is inspired by popular Node.js framework, Express.js, in particular its URL routing and pluggable middleware. It currently includes URL routing for GET, POST, PUT and DELETE requests, support for URL parameters, static file serving, JSON parsing and pluggable middleware. Kitura is an exciting project that promises to let you build both mobile front-end and back-end portions of an app in the same language. […]

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Backend Services
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Saber

An iOS app that lets you manage your apps on Heroku while on the go from your iPhone or iPad. Saber offers complete Heroku management including an interactive console for connecting to Dynos. You can also scale dynos, view realtime logs, instantly restart your apps, rollback releases and toggle maintenance mode. Saber is currently optimised for iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro, but a Mac version is coming soon as well. […]

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