Swift Playgrounds 4+

Learn real coding the fun way


    • 4.0 • 513 Ratings
    • Free



Swift Playgrounds makes it fun to learn to code and build real apps. You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Get Started with Code” and learn the basics of building apps in “Get Started with Apps.” You experiment with a wide range of challenges and samples that let you explore unique coding experiences.

Swift Playgrounds doesn’t require any coding experience — it’s perfect for anyone just starting out, from eight to one-hundred-and-eight. The whole time you are learning Swift and SwiftUI, the powerful programming technologies created by Apple and used by professionals around the globe to build many of today’s most popular apps. And because it’s built to take advantage of real frameworks, Swift Playgrounds provides a one of a 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 and pinch to zoom using the trackpad
• Animations introduce each new coding concept at a high-level before you dive into the puzzles
• Glossary and built-in help pages give detailed information about available commands, frameworks, and terminology

Explore and Create
• Interactive coding shows the results of your code instantly, alongside your work
• Step through code in playground books to highlight each line as it runs
• Books provide a head start to create your own playgrounds that use graphics and sound
• App Gallery walks you through the building blocks of apps, like tabbed navigation and downloading data

Build Apps
• Create real apps using SwiftUI
• See your code changes reflected live while you type
• Type quickly and accurately with inline code suggestions
• Extend your app with an ecosystem of Swift packages
• Navigate your code with project-wide search

Smart Coding Assistance
• Click and drag a brace to wrap a block of code inside a loop or conditional statement
Drag and drop snippets of commonly-used code directly into your playground
• Fix common code errors with helpful inline suggestions
• Stay organized with automatic code formatting

Real Swift and SwiftUI Code
• Learn the same powerful Swift programming language used by the pros to create apps in the App Store
Build dynamic, elegant apps using SwiftUI, a modern way to create user interfaces
Access powerful frameworks such as SpriteKit for 2D games
• Use Bluetooth APIs to write programs that communicate with real-world devices

Share or Publish
Send your projects to friends and family using Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or other Share Sheet extensions
• Bring your app projects to Xcode on Mac and back again
• Submit your completed apps to the App Store with App Store Connect

What’s New

Version 4.5

Swift Playgrounds 4.5 includes Swift 5.10 and the macOS 14.4 SDK, along with other features and bug fixes.

• Open Quickly helps you jump to any file or code symbol in your project
• Quick Actions gives you fast access to menu commands
• Jump to Line lets you navigate based on line numbers in your code

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
513 Ratings

513 Ratings

gmferguson ,

Fun learning environment

I've programmed since the advent of personal computers, and did it professionally for over 30 years, and enjoyed many environments, like Turbo Pascal, but Swift Playgrounds is the most fun.

It'd be accessible to kids and non-programmers, and as a dad whose kids were raised with Macs, I wish this had been available to them. Even with the years I have behind me in a bunch of different languages, I find this entertaining. And, even though I'm retired now and don't have to program, I keep my fingers in it to help others, and play with the Playgrounds to learn Swift.

Way to go Apple!

RobertoC-73 ,

Buggy app with enjoyable content

From the educational point of view, huge kudos to the development team. Swift Playgrounds succeeds in teaching coding skills in an engaging and enjoyable format. Kids will love this, and so does this 47-year old kid. The only reason I can't give this app five stars is because the preview area (game map) often disappears, leaving you with empty space. It takes some fiddling to get the map to redraw so it is usable again.

Captain J L Picard ,

Has potential but needs some more work!

I downloaded it and played the coding game without a problem. i have a NEW i9 2.4g MBP. The fans ran all the time and exhaust air was hot but it worked for about 3 hours and I shut down. the next time i opened it it asked for permission to access my documents folder and i declined.
It did not offer to create a different folder for work files. it locked up and poped up an error screen for relaunching. it won't relaunch! Deleting the app and reloading from the app store does not fix it!
i think it has potential but the program needs an update.

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  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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