[swift-users] Search for Swift packages on GitHub

Kilian Koeltzsch me at kilian.io
Wed Aug 9 03:33:15 CDT 2017

You're absolutely right about the additional information. Unfortunately some of these (does it support my platform, what versions of Swift it builds on) are hard to tell without actually building the package several times with differing hardware/toolchains. Others (does it depend on Foundation, how well it's documented) would at least require analyzing the complete source, which still isn't quite feasible without a dedicated service elsewhere having already completed that work.
For authors that have integrations set up with services that help with test coverage, documentation etc. it might be possible to just hook into those, but unfortunately the count of these isn't close to anything that would make this worth it. At least as far as I know.

The list of dependencies listed in a packages' manifest however can easily be pulled into this, in fact I already have that queued up. It's definitely nothing major but easily included.

Thanks for the list of suggestions though! They're much appreciated :)


> On 9. Aug 2017, at 03:08, Taylor Swift <kelvin13ma at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 author.
> 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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