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Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code.  You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, while additional challenges let you explore code and create programs that are engaging and unique.

Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out, from twelve to one-hundred-and-twelve. The whole time you are learning Swift, a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by professionals to build many of today’s most popular apps. And because it’s built to take full advantage of iPad and the real iOS SDK, Swift Playgrounds is a first-of-its-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
• Choose from three animated characters to carry out the steps of your code
• Glossary covers a comprehensive list of common terms, or tap a word in the instructions for additional help

Explore and create
• Challenges encourage experimentation and creativity by playing with game logic, music, and various other themes
• New challenges are released regularly to keep improving your emerging coding skills
• Interactive coding shows the results of your code instantly, either beside the text or acted out in the live view
• Step through your code to highlight each line as it is run
• Use your own photos, images, sounds, and files within a program to make it uniquely yours
• Templates are a head start to create your own programs that use graphs, graphics, touch, or a chat with the computer
• Create your own playgrounds from scratch to take your coding skills to entirely new places
• Reset any page to start over, or duplicate and rename any document to give a family member their own copy

Built for touch
• Quick Type suggestions for code are so smart you can write entire programs in just a few taps, no keyboard required
• Tap 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
• Tap a number or color in your code to display a pop-up in which to enter a new value or choose from a color picker
• Amazing new coding keyboard has all the common Swift characters, just swipe to pick the alternate symbol on any key

Real Swift and iOS code
• Learn the same powerful Swift programming language used by the pros to create thousands of apps in the App Store
• Access iOS frameworks such as SpriteKit for 2D games, SceneKit for 3D graphics, UIKit, and more
• Your code has direct control of iPad hardware such as the gyroscope, accelerometer, camera, and touch events
• Use Bluetooth APIs to write programs that control robots and other real-world devices with your iPad
• Every concept and skill you learn directly applies when writing real apps

• Send your creations to friends and family using Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or other Share Sheet extensions
• Record a video of yourself coding or running your creation, complete with your own voice narration
• Broadcast a coding session live to the world using any streaming service app that supports ReplayKit
• Homework hand-in with iTunes U makes it easy to bring coding into the classroom
• Turn on iCloud Drive to enable Xcode on your Mac to edit and extend the same documents that are on your iPad

Swift Playgrounds requires a 64-bit iPad with iOS 10 or later, including iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Air or later, or iPad Pro

What’s New

Version 3.0

• Add your own shared Swift files to your playgrounds
• Code in your shared Swift files is available to all pages within your playground book
• New Learn to Code playgrounds show how to use Swift files to build your own camera and photo editor
• New Sonic Workshop challenge uses Swift files to create a sound stage with your own instruments
• Tap and drag in the middle of the screen to dedicate more space to your code, or to the live view
• Speed control button can toggle results for each line of code, giving you a powerful debugging tool
• Code errors are grouped into a single pop-over so you can quickly jump to any issue
• Comments and strings within the code are localized for all supported languages

Advanced features for authors and educators:

• Add your own modules and shared Swift files to create powerful new content directly within the app
• Administrators can control user subscriptions via MDM
• Swift 5 is the default version for all new content

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

Esto1988 ,

Perfect for those with slight learning difficulties.

I really love this app!
Already completed the first set of lessons and although was stuck a few times, I took a break then tried again a bit later and go it.
I do have some learning difficulties, and when I tried to learn coding at a TAFE course I wasn’t understanding it at all, and so dropped out. Now with this app, with how it illustrates things I have gained a much better and easier understanding of coding and how it works. So I definitely recommend this for anyone who has learning difficulties. It’s important though not to rush through it. Taking a break now & then really helps.

I only wish this app was also available for Macbook and iMac, as the app seems to drain the battery on my iPad a bit and I normally don’t plug it into a powerpoint while I’m using it. So if it was equally available to use on a Macbook and iMac, then that would be perfect.


Great app, But Does not work

This is a great app and I love using but sometimes it work like it is supposed. Sometimes my character glitches out all over the place. And the game keeps on playing music even through the app is closed. Sometimes the codes don’t even show up. And the map doesn’t show up sometimes. Honestly I think this a great app but this app gets 3 stars because it just sometimes it doesn’t work. I would give it a 5 star but it doesn’t work most of the time

Mr_Demoman ,


This is by far one of my favourite apps too use when I’m bored, and It’s also a really fun way to learn coding. 🤓👍

There’s one problem I’m having which is trying to get the bar one the bottom to come up when I’m trying to write a command. It’s really irritating when I’m trying to write, so please fix this.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10/10


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278.2 MB

Requires iOS 11.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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