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Create a Pod in Cocoapods

Aug 28, 2018

This is a simple guide to upload your first Pod to Cocoapods.

CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects and I'm sure that you have a lot of code you are proud of and would like to share with the world.

First steps - Install CocoaPods

$ sudo gem install cocoapods

Upload your code to GitHub

Upload your code/project to github. Here you can find an example of a library I uploaded to Cocoapods.

  • Source folder contains the source code of the library
  • GeometricLoaders folder contains a fully functional example of how GeometricLoaders works

Create podspec file

A Pod has a podspec file that defines the specifications of a Pod. In this example we have the following podspec: do |s|         = "GeometricLoaders"
  s.version      = "1.1.0"
  s.summary      = "Fancy and beautiful loaders for you awesome apps!"
  s.homepage     = ""
  s.license      = 'MIT'       = "Pablo Garcia"
  s.source       = { :git => "", :tag => s.version }
  s.screenshots   = ['',
  s.platform     = :ios, '10.0'
  s.source_files = 'Source/*.swift'
  s.frameworks   = 'UIKit'
  s.swift_version= '4.0'
  s.requires_arc = true
  s.social_media_url = ''
  • The name of the Pod.
  • s.version: The version of the Pod. CocoaPods follows semantic versioning. The version have to be equals to GitHub's release
  • s.summary: The description should be short, yet informative
  • s.homepage: The URL of the homepage of the Pod
  • s.license: The license of the Pod
  • This is you!
  • s.source_files: The location from where the library should be retrieved.
  • s.screenshots: A list of URLs to images showcasing the Pod.
  • s.platform: The platform on which this Pod is supported
  • s.frameworks: A list of system frameworks that the user’s target needs to link against.
  • s.swift_version: The version of Swift that the specification supports.
  • s.requiresarc: requiresarc allows you to specify which source_files use ARC
  • s.socialmediaurl: The URL for the social media contact of the Pod, CocoaPods web services can use this.

Here you can find more information about podspec file

Upload podspec and create a release

Once you have created podspec you have to create a release in Github.

Publishing your Pod

Well done!!! we are pretty close to the end.

Verifying your pod - Pod lib lint

Before publish your pod we should verify that everything is correct.

Open a terminal and in your project folder type

$> pod lib lint

If everything is ok you should get something like this...

 -> GeometricLoaders (1.1.0)

GeometricLoaders passed validation.

Create a CocoaPods account

pod trunk register <Your Email>

For more information please visit Getting setup with trunk

Publish it!!!!

pod trunk push GeometricLoaders.podspec

And that's all folks!!!