Sourcery 2.2.3

Sourcery 2.2.3

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Apr 2024

Maintained by Eric Horacek, Anton Domashnev, Ilya Puchka, Krzysztof Zabłocki, Liquidsoul, Ruslan Alikhamov.

Sourcery 2.2.3

What is Sourcery?

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.

Using it offers many benefits:

  • Write less repetitive code and make it easy to adhere to DRY principle.
  • It allows you to create better code, one that would be hard to maintain without it, e.g. performing automatic property level difference in tests
  • Limits the risk of introducing human error when refactoring.
  • Sourcery doesn't use runtime tricks, in fact, it allows you to leverage compiler, even more, creating more safety.
  • Immediate feedback: Sourcery features built-in daemon support, enabling you to write your templates in real-time side-by-side with generated code.

Daemon demo

Sourcery is so meta that it is used to code-generate its boilerplate code

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Swift features very limited runtime and no meta-programming features. Which leads our projects to contain boilerplate code.

Sourcery exists to allow Swift developers to stop doing the same thing over and over again while still maintaining strong typing, preventing bugs and leveraging compiler.

Have you ever?

  • Had to write equatable/hashable?
  • Had to write NSCoding support?
  • Had to implement JSON serialization?
  • Wanted to use Lenses?

If you did then you probably found yourself writing repetitive code to deal with those scenarios, does this feel right?

Even worse, if you ever add a new property to a type all of those implementations have to be updated, or you will end up with bugs. In those scenarios usually compiler will not generate the error for you, which leads to error prone code.


  • Binary form

    Download latest release with prebuilt binary from release tab. Unzip the archive into desired destination and run bin/sourcery

  • CocoaPods

    Add pod 'Sourcery' to your Podfile and run pod update Sourcery. This will download latest release binary and will put it to your project's CocoaPods path so you will run it with $PODS_ROOT/Sourcery/bin/sourcery

  • Building from source

    Download latest release source code from release tab or clone the repository an build Sourcery manually.

    • Building with Swift Package Manager

      Run swift build -c release in the root folder. This will create a .build/release folder and will put binary there. Move the whole .build/release folder to your desired destination and run with path_to_release_folder/sourcery

      Note: Swift and JS templates are not supported when building with SPM yet.

    • Building with Xcode

      Open Sourcery.xcworkspace and build with Sourcery-Release scheme. This will create in the Derived Data folder. You can copy it to your desired destination and run with path_to_sourcery_app/


Sourcery is a command line tool, you can either run it manually or in a custom build phase using following command:

$ ./sourcery --sources <sources path> --templates <templates path> --output <output path>

Note: this command may be different depending on the way in which you installed Sourcery (see Installing)

Command line options

  • --sources - Path to a source swift files. You can provide multiple paths using multiple --sources option.
  • --templates - Path to templates. File or Directory. You can provide multiple paths using multiple --templates options.
  • --output [default: current path] - Path to output. File or Directory.
  • --config [default: current path] - Path to config file. Directory. See Configuration file.
  • --args - Additional arguments to pass to templates. Each argument can have explicit value or will have implicit true value. Arguments should be separated with , without spaces (i.e. --args arg1=value,arg2). Arguments are accessible in templates via
  • --watch [default: false] - Watch both code and template folders for changes and regenerate automatically.
  • --verbose [default: false] - Turn on verbose logging
  • --quiet [default: false] - Turn off any logging, only emmit errors
  • --disableCache [default: false] - Turn off caching of parsed data
  • --prune [default: false] - Prune empty generated files
  • --version - Display the current version of Sourcery
  • --help - Display help information

Configuration file

You can also provide arguments using .sourcery.yml file in project's root directory, like this:

  - <sources path>
  - <sources path>
  - <templates path>
  - <templates path>
  <output path>
  <name>: <value>

You can exlude some sources or templates using include and exclude keys:

    - <sources path to include>
    - <sources path to include>
    - <sources path to exclude>
    - <sources path to exclude>
    - <templates path to include>
    - <templates path to include>
    - <templates path to exclude>
    - <templates path to exclude>

You can provide either sources paths or targets to scan:

    <path to xcodeproj file>
    <path to project sources root>
    name: <target name>
    module: <module name> //required if different from target name

You can use several project or target objects to scan multiple targets from one project or to scan multiple projects.

Note: Paths in configuration file are by default relative to configuration file path. If you want to specify absolute path start it with /.


  • Stencil, Swift, JavaScript templates
  • Watch mode
  • Source annotations
  • Inline and per file code generation

For more information please read DOCUMENTATION.


Contributions to Sourcery are welcomed and encouraged!

It is easy to get involved. Please see the Contributing guide for more details.

A list of contributors is available through GitHub.

To give clarity of what is expected of our community, Sourcery has adopted the code of conduct defined by the Contributor Covenant. This document is used across many open source communities, and I think it articulates my values well. For more, see the Code of Conduct.


Sourcery is available under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more information.


This tool is powered by

Thank you! for:

  • Mariusz Ostrowski for creating the logo.
  • Artsy Eidolon team, because we use their codebase as a stub data for performance testing the parser.
  • Olivier Halligon for showing me his setup scripts for CLI tools which are powering our rakefile.

Other Libraries / Tools

If you want to generate code for asset related data like .xib, .storyboards etc. use SwiftGen. SwiftGen and Sourcery are complementary tools.

Make sure to check my other libraries and tools, especially:

  • KZPlayground - Powerful playgrounds for Swift and Objective-C
  • KZFileWatchers - Daemon for observing local and remote file changes, used for building other developer tools (Sourcery uses it)

You can follow me on twitter for news/updates about other projects I am creating.