[swift-users] Search for Swift packages on GitHub

Taylor Swift kelvin13ma at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 20:08:20 CDT 2017

I really like this idea, however what I really want to know about a package
usually includes: does it support my platform, does it depend on
Foundation, what other modules it depends on, what versions of Swift it
builds on (including nightly builds), and how well its documented. I don’t
know how this can be done by simply querying github’s API though, it’s
bound to require at least some involvement on the part of the package

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 7:13 PM, Kilian Koeltzsch via swift-users <
swift-users at swift.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was missing a small tool somewhat akin to npm (specifically npm's search
> and install functionality) for the swift ecosystem so I spent some time
> writing something to fill that gap. I'd really love some feedback on the
> idea and usability :)
> The basic idea is that it's hard to find suitable packages when writing a
> swift library or executable. There is no single centralized listing of all
> packages (packagecatalog.com and swiftmodules.com can only have *so*
> current data), so this tool queries GitHub's API directly for repos written
> in Swift that include a file named Package.swift. It offers ways to search
> for packages, display more info about them and add them to your package
> manifest.
> You can find the project here: https://github.com/kiliankoe/apodidae
> It conveniently installs as `swift-catalog` so that you can run it like a
> subcommand of swift itself as `swift catalog`. The basic interaction is
> also shown in the README in more detail.
> There's still quite a few rough edges and the code definitely needs some
> cleanup, it's more of a test than something that should be depended on at
> this point I guess :P
> Cheers,
> Kilian
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