What is CocoaPods

      CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. It has over 100 thousand libraries and is used in over 3 million apps. CocoaPods can help you scale your projects elegantly.

      CocoaPods is built with Ruby and is installable with the default Ruby available on macOS. We recommend you use the default ruby.

      Using the default Ruby install can require you to use sudo when installing gems. Further installation instructions are in the guides.

      $ sudo gem install cocoapods

      Search for pods (above). Then list the dependencies in a text file named Podfile in your Xcode project directory:

      platform :ios, '8.0'
      target 'MyApp' do
        pod 'AFNetworking', '~> 2.6'
        pod 'ORStackView', '~> 3.0'
        pod 'SwiftyJSON', '~> 2.3'

      Tip: CocoaPods provides a pod init command to create a Podfile with smart defaults. You should use it.

      Now you can install the dependencies in your project:

      $ pod install

      Make sure to always open the Xcode workspace instead of the project file when building your project:

      $ open App.xcworkspace

      Now you can import your dependencies e.g.:

      #import <Reachability/Reachability.h>

      Sometimes CocoaPods doesn’t yet have a pod for one of your dependencies. Fortunately, creating a pod is pretty easy:

      $ pod spec create Peanut
      $ edit Peanut.podspec
      $ pod spec lint Peanut.podspec

      You can find a lot of information on the process in the guides. When you're done you can get an account and push your pod to the CocoaPods Trunk.


      We’re developing CocoaPods on GitHub. There’s a guide for getting started on the CocoaPods tool. It’s easy and really gratifying to contribute patches! - for a lot of people it's their first foray into Open Source. We have some easy tickets to look at.