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XcodeGen is a command line tool written in Swift that generates your Xcode project using your folder structure and a project spec.

The project spec is a YAML or JSON file that defines your targets, configurations, schemes, custom build settings and many other options. All your source directories are automatically parsed and referenced appropriately while preserving your folder structure. Sensible defaults are used in many places, so you only need to customize what is needed. Very complex projects can also be defined using more advanced features.

  • ✅ Generate projects on demand and remove your .xcodeproj from git, which means no more merge conflicts!
  • ✅ Groups and files in Xcode are always synced to your directories on disk
  • ✅ Easy configuration of projects which is human readable and git friendly
  • ✅ Easily copy and paste files and directories without having to edit anything in Xcode
  • ✅ Share build settings across multiple targets with build setting groups
  • ✅ Automatically generate Schemes for different environments like test and production
  • ✅ Easily create new projects with complicated setups on demand without messing around with Xcode
  • ✅ Generate from anywhere including on CI
  • ✅ Distribute your spec amongst multiple files for easy sharing and overriding
  • ✅ Easily create multi-platform frameworks
  • ✅ Integrate Carthage frameworks without any work

Given a very simple project spec file like this:

name: MyProject
  bundleIdPrefix: com.myapp
    url: https://github.com/jpsim/Yams
    from: 2.0.0
    type: application
    platform: iOS
    deploymentTarget: "10.0"
    sources: [MyApp]
          CUSTOM_BUILD_SETTING: my_debug_value
          CUSTOM_BUILD_SETTING: my_release_value
      - target: MyFramework
      - carthage: Alamofire
      - framework: Vendor/MyFramework.framework
      - sdk: Contacts.framework
      - sdk: libc++.tbd
      - package: Yams
    type: framework
    platform: iOS
    sources: [MyFramework]

A project would be created with 2 connected targets, with all the required configurations and build settings. See the Project Spec documentation for all the options you can specify, and Usage for more general documentation.


Make sure Xcode 11 is installed first.


mint install yonaskolb/xcodegen


git clone https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
cd XcodeGen
make install


brew install xcodegen

Swift Package Manager

Use as CLI

git clone https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
cd XcodeGen
swift run xcodegen

Use as dependency

Add the following to your Package.swift file's dependencies:

.package(url: "https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git", from: "2.11.0"),

And then import wherever needed: import XcodeGenKit


Simply run:

xcodegen generate

This will look for a project spec in the current directory called project.yml and generate an Xcode project with the name defined in the spec.


  • --spec: An optional path to a .yml or .json project spec. Defaults to project.yml
  • --project: An optional path to a directory where the project will be generated. By default this is the directory the spec lives in.
  • --quiet: Suppress informational and success messages.
  • --use-cache: Used to prevent unnecessarily generating the project. If this is set, then a cache file will be written to when a project is generated. If xcodegen is later run but the spec and all the files it contains are the same, the project won't be generated.
  • --cache-path: A custom path to use for your cache file. This defaults to ~/.xcodegen/cache/{PROJECT_SPEC_PATH_HASH}

There are other commands as well. Use xcodegen help to see more detailed usage information.


git clone https://github.com/yonaskolb/XcodeGen.git
cd XcodeGen
swift package generate-xcodeproj

This use Swift Project Manager to create an xcodeproj file that you can open, edit and run in Xcode, which makes editing any code easier.

If you want to pass any required arguments when running in Xcode, you can edit the scheme to include launch arguments.


  • See Project Spec documentation for all the various properties and options that can be set
  • See Usage for more specific usage and use case documentation
  • See FAQ for a list of some frequently asked questions
  • See Examples for some real world XcodeGen project specs out in the wild


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Pull requests and issues are always welcome. Please open any issues and PRs for bugs, features, or documentation.


XcodeGen is licensed under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more info.


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2.11.0 - Dec 3, 2019


  • Add Carthage static framework dependencies support. #688 @giginet
  • Added xcodegen dump command #710 @yonaskolb
  • Added --no-env option to disable environment variables expansion #704 @rcari
  • Added custom group support for target sources #621 @sroebert @rcari


  • Improved variable expansion runtime #704 @rcari
  • Fixed missing headers for static framework targets #705 @wag-miles
  • Using more file types from XcodeProj for PBXFileReferences resulting in less project diffs #715 @yonaskolb
  • Fixed localized *.intentdefinition not being added to build source phases #720 @giginet
  • Fixed selectedLauncherIdentifier not being set Xcode.IDEFoundation.Launcher.PosixSpawn when debugEnabled: false is defined in test action #725 @ken0nek
  • Fixed unnecessary dependencies related to SwiftPM #726 @tid-kijyun


  • Deprecated $old_form variables in favor of ${new_form} variables #704 @rcari
  • Updated XcodeProj to 7.4.0 #709 #715 @yonaskolb
  • Updated to Swift 5.1 #714 @yonaskolb


2.10.1 - Oct 31, 2019


  • Add Base to knownRegions even if one doesn't exist #694 @bryansum
  • Fixed missing onlyGenerateCoverageForSpecifiedTargets issue #700 @kateinoigakukun
  • Fixed regression on dependencies link flag #703 @rcari


2.10.0 - Oct 27, 2019


  • Support Target Reference to another project. #655 @kateinoigakukun
  • Added coverageTargets for test target. This enables to gather code coverage for specific targets. #656 @kateinoigakukun


  • Add base localisation by default even if no base localised files were found. Fixes warning in Xcode 11 #685 @yonaskolb
  • Don't generate CFBundleExecutable in default generated Info.plist for bundle target types #689 @FranzBusch
  • Fixed resolving relative paths with custom project destination #681 @giginet
  • Fixed resolving relative paths for Info.plist #683
  • Fixed macOS unit test target TEST_HOST #696 @mjarvis


  • Restructure targets #698 @yonaskolb


2.9.0 - Oct 14, 2019


  • Added Scheme Templates #672 @bclymer


  • Fixed macOS unit test setting preset #665 @yonaskolb
  • Add rcproject files to sources build phase instead of resources #669 @Qusic
  • Prefer default configuration names for generated schemes #673 @giginet
  • Fixed some resource files being placed to "Recovered References" group #679 @nivanchikov


  • Updated to SwiftCLI 5.3.2 #667 @giginet
  • Fixed tests in case-sensitive file system #670 @Qusic


2.8.0 - Sep 28, 2019


  • Added support for Swift Package dependencies #624 @yonaskolb
  • Added includes to sources for a Target. This follows the same glob-style as excludes but functions as a way to only include files that match a specified pattern. Useful if you only want a certain file type, for example specifying **/*.swift. #637 @bclymer
  • Support dylib SDK. #650 @kateinoigakukun
  • Added language and region options for run and test scheme #654 @kateinoigakukun
  • Added debugEnabled option for run and test scheme #657 @kateinoigakukun


  • Expand template variable in Array of Any #651 @kateinoigakukun
  • Significantly improve performance when running with a large number files. #658 @kateinoigakukun
  • Removed some more diffs between the generated .pbxproj and when Xcode resaves it #663 @yonaskolb


  • Removed needless Array initialization. #661 @RomanPodymov
  • Updated to XcodeProj 7.1.0 #624 @yonaskolb