Apple Makes Swift Programming Language Open Source

Apple this week announced that its Swift programming language is now open source.

As an open source language, developers can contribute to new Swift features and optimizations and help bring Swift to new computing platforms.

Introduced in 2014, Swift combines the performance and efficiency of compiled languages with the simplicity and interactivity of popular scripting languages.

Apple today also launched the website with information about Swift open source, including technical documentation, community resources, and links to download the Swift source code.

“By making Swift open source the entire developer community can contribute to the programming language and help bring it to even more platforms,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Swift’s power and ease of use will inspire a new generation to get into coding, and with today’s announcement they’ll be able to take their ideas anywhere, from mobile devices to the cloud.”

The Swift open source code is available via GitHub and includes support for all Apple software platforms. Components available include the Swift compiler, debugger, standard library, foundation libraries, package manager and REPL.