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Awesome Swift Playgrounds

A curated list of awesome Swift playgrounds.


Please take a quick look at the contribution guidelines first. Thanks to all contributors; you rock!

If you see a playground here that does not work anymore with the current release of Xcode or is not a good fit, please submit a pull request to improve this file or consider updating it, thank you!

Downloading all the playgrounds​

Unless otherwise indicated, all playgrounds are compatible with Swift 3.

All the playgrounds are available as submodules in the playgrounds/ directory, to download them all in one go, just clone this repository with git clone --recursive or execute git submodule update --init after you have cloned the repository the usual way.

Apple's playgrounds distributed as zip archives have to be downloaded manually.


🌟 = My personal favorites

🍁 = Swift 4+ Playground

⏳ = Pre-Swift 3 Playground



Playgrounds that can be run on your iPad

Learning Swift​

Some interesting playgrounds to learn Swift

Learning Swift: Advanced Topics​

Advanced topics, useful once you have mastered the basics of the language

Design Patterns​

Protocol Oriented Programming​

Functional Reactive Programming​

Apple's Playgrounds​

Playgrounds from Apple, usually presented at some WWDC

WWDC Students Submissions​

Playgrounds submitted by students for the WWDC scholarship

Playgrounds about Playgrounds​

Playgrounds that describe what you can do with playgrounds

Playgrounds from Playgroundbooks​

Playgrounds derived from iPad Swift Playgroundbooks

Theoretical Computer Science​

Algorithms and Data Structures​

Algorithms and data structures implemented in Swift


Programming language interpreters implemented in Swift

  • Introduction to Compilers - Great introduction to the inner workings of compilers. 🍁🌟
  • Pascal Interpreter - Simple Swift interpreter for the Pascal language inspired by the Let’s Build A Simple Interpreter article series. 🍁
  • Write your own language: Mu - A playground explaining how to create a tiny programming language named Mu. 🌟
  • ASM Swift - A playground for learning Assembly language through Swift. 🌟
  • Let's build a compiler in Swift - Let's Build a Compiler by Jack Crenshaw translated to Swift Playgrounds. 🌟
  • Register VM - A register-based VM in a Swift playground. 🌟 ⏳
  • Turtle Playground - A playground with Logo-like commands. 🌟 ⏳
  • Swift Brainfuck - Brainfuck interpreter written in Swift using Playground. ⏳

Machine Learning​

UIKit And Graphics​

A list of playgrounds that demostrate various aspect of UIKit and other graphical frameworks

Core Image​


  • Metalbrot - Interactive playground that draws the Mandelbrot fractal with Metal. 🌟
  • METAL Playground - Apple Metal framework playground. 🌟 ⏳




Sounds and music

  • Bach Playground - A Simple Swift Playground that plays a brief piece by Bach with AVAudioEngine and AVMIDIPlayer.
  • PlayerNode Playground - Playground using AVAudioEngine with a playernode and effects to play an audio file. 🌟
  • Miles - A Swift Playground that creates jazz improvisations in any key using AudioToolbox and AVFoundation.


Live math with playgrounds

Libraries and APIs​

Library tutorials, in a playground

  • AudioKit Playgrounds - 130+ Audio synthesis, processing, playback, and analysis playgrounds with AudioKit.
  • AIToolbox - A set of playgrounds showing machine learning algorithms, all implemented with pieces of the AIToolbox framework code.
  • Cognitive Service APIs - Get started with the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs.
  • Rx Playground - A playground with RxSwift examples.

Playground Sets​

Sets of playgrounds about various topics


What doesn't fit anywhere else, but still awesome

  • Rubik's Cube - Implementing basic model and behavior of Rubic's Cube in Swift. 🍁
  • Icon Creator - Create app icons on Swift playground.
  • 2048 Playground - The 2048 game implemented with a playground.
  • SwiftShell - Bash shell in a playground.
  • LaunchPad Playground - A playground that simulates a real LaunchPad for making music.
  • Super Maze - A programmatic maze generator and solver.
  • Tic Tac Toe - Tic tac toe in a playground.
  • Pixel Art Maker - A playground where you can make pixel art.
  • SwiftCoin - A simplistic blockchain & cryptocurrency in a playground.
  • SentimentlySwift - Sentiment analysis in Swift.
  • SwiftChain - Simple Cryptocurrency in a Swift Playground.
  • Game Boards - Chess, checkers, tic-tac-toe, sudoku and many others in playground. 🌟 ⏳
  • StarWars Seals - Emblems from Star Wars in Swift playgrounds via CoreGraphics and UIViews. ⏳
  • SwiftFiles - Save, Load and Delete files easily from within a Swift playground. ⏳
  • Earth photos - A slideshow of Earth photos taken by DSCOVR/EPIC. 🌟 ⏳

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