Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds

By Apple

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Current Version: 4.5.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.01 GB
  • Developer: Apple
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 16.0 or later.
Score: 3.7
From 1,681 Ratings


Swift Playgrounds makes it fun to learn to code and build real apps. You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Get Started with Code” and learn the basics of building apps in “Get Started with Apps.” You experiment with a wide range of challenges and samples that let you explore unique coding experiences. Swift Playgrounds doesn’t require any coding experience — it’s perfect for anyone just starting out, from eight to one-hundred-and-eight. The whole time you are learning Swift and SwiftUI, the powerful programming technologies created by Apple and used by professionals around the globe to build many of today’s most popular apps. And because it’s built to take advantage of iPad and the real iOS SDK, Swift Playgrounds provides a one of a kind learning experience. Lessons Built-in • Apple-created lessons guide you through the core concepts of programming by using code to solve puzzles • See your code run in a beautiful, interactive 3D world that you can rotate with a finger and pinch to zoom • Animations introduce each new coding concept at a high-level before you dive into the puzzles • Glossary and built-in help pages give detailed information about available commands, frameworks, and terminology Explore and Create • Interactive coding shows the results of your code instantly, alongside your work • Step through code in playground books to highlight each line as it runs • Books provide a head start to create your own playgrounds that use graphics, sound, and touch • App Gallery walks you through the building blocks of apps, like tabbed navigation and receiving input from device sensors Build Apps on iPad • Create real apps on iPad using SwiftUI • See your code changes reflected live while you type • Type quickly and accurately with inline code suggestions • Extend your app with an ecosystem of Swift packages • Navigate your code with project-wide search Smart Coding Assistance • Touch and hold to grab any command and move it around to change the order of your code • Drag a brace with your finger to wrap a block of code inside a loop or conditional statement • Drag and drop snippets of commonly-used code directly into your playground • Fix common code errors with helpful inline suggestions • Stay organized with automatic code formatting Real Swift, SwiftUI, and iOS Code • Learn the same powerful Swift programming language used by the pros to create apps in the App Store • Build dynamic, elegant apps using SwiftUI, a modern way to create user interfaces • Access iOS frameworks such as SpriteKit for 2D games, SceneKit for 3D graphics, UIKit, and more • Your code has direct control of iPad hardware, including the gyroscope, accelerometer, camera, and touch events Share or Publish • Send your projects to friends and family using Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or other Share Sheet extensions • Bring your app projects to Xcode on Mac and back again • Submit your completed apps to the App Store with App Store Connect



  • Easily one of the most enjoyable coding experiences I’ve ever had.

    By Mr.wong420
    Randomly decided I should learn how to develop iOS apps the other night, and ChatGPT suggested trying this app. Am I learning Swift? Probably a little — I do love how the native Boolean has a `toggle()` method. I’m mostly just having a blast devising excessively sophisticated algorithms for solving one-off puzzles with no edge cases. The challenge of not knowing the syntax and full capabilities of Swift has actually been part of the fun.
  • :/

    By SJE4386
    Not very useful is it keeps freezing.
  • This awesome app makes learning fun!

    By NickNackAppless
    When I started using Swift Playgrounds, I had never written a single line of code. I hadn’t ventured into languages like Java, Python, or AppleScript. I didn’t have any idea how fun learning to code can be. The Learn to Code lessons were my first step beyond beginner languages like Scratch. Now, I know enough to create small App Playgrounds and delve deep into SwiftUI and UIKit. Thanks, Swift Playgrounds, for making learning to code fun!
  • Immediately Crashes when creating a new project.

    By Santí21
    The app immediately crashes whenever I try to create a new project. This appears to happen when iCloud is enabled, which means that I can’t save anything to the cloud. The app is extremely unstable, which is frustrating for those who want to learn swift.

    By Coding WOOHOO!
    I can program apps now and even send them to App Store! But also sometimes the app would go a little wonky but it is AWESOME! Young people can code now i love dis app! You can make tab views, learn the concept of programming and do fun puzzles! It’s best on a device with a keyboard but it is GREAT! But if you hate crashing apps, you might not like this one cause it sometimes doesn’t show your code but anyway it’s AWESOME! Also some people might not like all the problems in the codes but it’s really FUN!
  • Great Learning Tool with a Major Bug

    By mikebrodt
    This is actually a very fun learning tool and I am enjoying using it a lot. I am not a developer by trade, but I have been wanting to learn and this is a very nice introduction. There is one major bug with the iPad, however. Intermittently the Playground will stop accepting keyboard input. I tried with the Magic Keyboard and with a bluetooth keyboard with the same result. It doesn’t happen on the macOS version. Outside of that, I have been really enjoying it. And some of the new 3rd Party notebooks like one from Procreate seem really interesting. I am looking forward to getting to build my own app one day soon.
  • Broken!

    By Eric Nail
    Every time I create an app and write all the code, once you close the app it corrupts the file! You can’t ever open it again and it just says “Unsupported File Type” 😭😭😭 Imagine a word processor that shredded your work every time you clicked “save” — this is a tragedy!
  • Making apps doesn’t work

    It says file type not supported. I wanted to love this app.🥺

    By tsjaj
    I created something and it was not working
  • Pretty good

    By srvinceng
    This is a pretty good app and all, but when I try to run an app that was downloaded then it just says “cannot open (app name).(file name) in swift playgrounds”. Overall, this is a 4.5



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