AcknowList 2.0.0

AcknowList 2.0.0

LangLanguage SwiftSwift
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Mar 2021
SPMSupports SPM

Maintained by Vincent Tourraine.

  • By
  • Vincent Tourraine


Acknowledgements screen displaying a list of licenses, for example from CocoaPods dependencies.

Platform iOS Swift 5 Build Status Swift Package Manager CocoaPods compatible MIT license

Also available in Objective-C with VTAcknowledgementsViewController.

AcknowList screenshots


  • Automatically load acknowledgments from CocoaPods-generated file
  • Remove unnecessary line breaks from licenses for better text wrapping
  • Optional list header and footer
  • Tappable links in header, footer, and acknowledgment text
  • Storyboard support
  • Dark Mode support
  • Dynamic Type support
  • Localized in 13 languages



  1. Add pod 'AcknowList' to your Podfile.
  2. Run pod install.
  3. Add the Pods-#target#-acknowledgements.plist file generated by CocoaPods to your main target: drag and drop the file from the Pods/Target Support Files/Pods-#target#/ folder in your Xcode project (don’t copy the file, leave Copy items if needed unchecked).

Swift Package Manager

AcknowList can be installed with the Swift Package Manager (requires Xcode 12 for localized resources).

  1. Click on FileSwift PackagesAdd Package Dependency….
  2. Enter
  3. Select the version you’d like to use.


The AcknowListViewController instance is usually pushed to an existing UINavigationController.

let viewController = AcknowListViewController()
navigationController.pushViewController(viewController, animated: true)

By default, the controller will try to guess the name of your .plist file, based on the bundle name (Pods-#bundle-name#-acknowledgements.plist). If that doesn’t match the file you’re looking for, you can initialize the view controller with a custom file name or path.

let viewController = AcknowListViewController(fileNamed: "Pods-AcknowExample-acknowledgements")
let path = Bundle.main.path(forResource: "Pods-AcknowExample-acknowledgements", ofType: "plist")
let viewController = AcknowListViewController(plistPath: path)

If you want to include licenses that are not part of a .plist file, you can create new Acknow instances, and use them for the acknowledgements array of the controller.

let acknow = Acknow(title: "...", text: "...")
let viewController = AcknowListViewController(acknowledgements: [acknow])


The controller can also display a header and a footer. By default, they are loaded from the generated plist file, but you can also directly change the properties values.

viewController.headerText = "We love open source software."
viewController.footerText = "Powered by"

The controller title is a localized value for “acknowledgements”. You might want to use this localized value for the button presenting the controller.

button.setTitle(AcknowLocalization.localizedTitle(), for: .normal)

By default, AcknowListViewController uses the “grouped” table view style. You can choose a different style:

let viewController = AcknowListViewController(plistPath: path, style: .plain)

If you need to further customize the appearance or behavior of this library, feel free to subclass its classes.

Apple TV

AcknowList is also compatible with tvOS for Apple TV apps.

AcknowList Apple TV screenshots


AcknowList is written in Swift 5, requires iOS 9.0 or tvOS 9.0 and above, Xcode 11 and above.


AcknowList was created by Vincent Tourraine, and improved by a growing list of contributors.


AcknowList is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE.txt file for more info.