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Workspace automates management of Swift projects.

Πᾶν ὅ τι ἐὰν ποιῆτε, ἐκ ψυχῆς ἐργάζεσθε, ὡς τῷ Κυρίῳ καὶ οὐκ ἀνθρώποις. Whatever you do, work from the heart, as working for the Lord and not for men. ―⁧שאול⁩/Shaʼul


The Workspace Workflow

(The following sample package is a real repository. You can use it to follow along.)

When the Repository Is Cloned

The need to hunt down workflow tools can deter contributors. On the other hand, including them in the repository causes a lot of clutter. To reduce both, when a project using Workspace is pulled, pushed, or cloned...

git clone https://github.com/SDGGiesbrecht/SamplePackage

...only one small piece of Workspace comes with it: A short script called “Refresh” that comes in two variants, one for each operating system.

Hmm... I wish I had more tools at my disposal... Hey! What if I...

Refresh the Project

To refresh the project, double‐click the Refresh script for the corresponding operating system. (If you are on Linux and double‐clicking fails or opens a text file, see here.)

Refresh opens a terminal window, and in it Workspace reports its actions while it sets the project folder up for development. (This may take a while the first time, but subsequent runs are faster.)

This looks better. Let’s get coding!

[Add this... Remove that... Change something over here...]

...All done. I wonder if I broke anything while I was working? Hey! It looks like I can...

Validate Changes

When the project seems ready for a push, merge, or pull request, validate the current state of the project by double‐clicking the Validate script.

Validate opens a terminal window and in it Workspace runs the project through a series of checks.

When it finishes, it prints a summary of which tests passed and which tests failed.

Oops! I never realized that would happen...


  1. Refresh before working.
  2. Validate when it looks complete.

Wow! That was so much easier than doing it all manually!

Applying Workspace to a Project

To apply Workspace to a project, run the following command in the root of the project’s repository. (This requires a full install.)

$ workspace refresh

By default, Workspace refrains from tasks which would involve modifying project files. Such tasks must be activated with a configuration file.

(For a list of related projects, see here.)


Workspace provides command line tools.

They can be installed any way Swift packages can be installed. The most direct method is pasting the following into a terminal, which will either install or update them:

curl -sL https://gist.github.com/SDGGiesbrecht/4d76ad2f2b9c7bf9072ca1da9815d7e2/raw/update.sh | bash -s Workspace "https://github.com/SDGGiesbrecht/Workspace" 0.20.0 "workspace help" workspace arbeitsbereich


Workspace provides a library for use with the Swift Package Manager.

Simply add Workspace as a dependency in Package.swift:

let package = Package(
    name: "MyPackage",
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "https://github.com/SDGGiesbrecht/Workspace", .upToNextMinor(from: Version(0, 20, 0))),
    targets: [
        .target(name: "MyTarget", dependencies: [
            .productItem(name: "WorkspaceConfiguration", package: "Workspace"),

The library’s module can then be imported in source files:

import WorkspaceConfiguration


The Workspace project is maintained by Jeremy David Giesbrecht.

If Workspace saves you money, consider giving some of it as a donation.

If Workspace saves you time, consider devoting some of it to contributing back to the project.

Ἄξιος γὰρ ὁ ἐργάτης τοῦ μισθοῦ αὐτοῦ ἐστι.

For the worker is worthy of his wages.



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0.20.0 - May 4, 2019

Breaking Changes

  • Test coverage can be checked using the package manager without Xcode, including on Linux!.
    • Since the Xcode job would now be redundant, it has been removed and the package manager job renamed to simply macos.
  • Manual documentation inheritance only works within a single package. It no longer copies documentation from dependencies. This is more in line with copyright and licensing laws. (Cross‐package inheritance is still respected in coverage validation and other situations which involve only reading, not copying the unowned documentation.)

New Features

  • Documentation can be sped up by configuring ignored dependencies.

0.19.0 - Apr 18, 2019

Breaking Changes

  • Copyright notices are localized values.

New Features

  • Compatible with Swift 5.0.1 and Xcode 10.2.1.
  • The unicode proofreading rule can be restricted to certain scopes.

0.18.2 - Apr 8, 2019

Bug Fixes

  • Proofreading skips LinuxMain.swift and XCTestManifests.swift files by default.
  • Parameter documentation validation operates on the entire list at once, displaying all the expected parameters in the expected order so that warnings are easier to understand and resolve.

0.18.1 - Apr 4, 2019

Bug Fixes

  • Platform restrictions do not interfere with configuration loading.

0.18.0 - Apr 3, 2019

Breaking Changes

  • Swift 5
  • macOS 10.13
  • SwiftLint is no longer included. It is currently incompatible with Swift 5. Once a compatible release is available, it can be set up as a custom task.
  • New proofreading rules:
    • closureParameterPosition

New Features

  • Custom tasks can be set up from any tool vended as a Swift package. See the configuration documentation.

Bug Fixes

  • During documentation, tuple parameters containing closures do not result in duplicate parameters.