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Developer(s) Eloy Durán and Fabio Pelosin
Stable release 0.38.2
Written in Ruby
Platform Mac OS X and iOS
Type Package manager
License MIT License

CocoaPods is an application level dependency manager for the Objective-C programming language and any other languages that run on the Objective-C runtime, such as RubyMotion,[1] that provides a standard format for managing external libraries. It was developed by Eloy Durán and Fabio Pelosin, who continue to manage the project with the help and contributions of many others.[2] They began development in August 2011[3] and made the first public release[4] on September 1, 2011. CocoaPods is strongly inspired by a combination of the Ruby projects RubyGems and Bundler.

CocoaPods focuses on source-based distribution of third party code and automatic integration into Xcode projects.

CocoaPods runs from the command line and is also integrated in JetBrains' AppCode integrated development environment.[5] It installs dependencies (e.g. libraries) for an application by specification of dependencies rather than manual copying source files.[6] Besides installing from many different sources, a “master” spec repository—containing metadata for many Open-Source libraries—is maintained as a git repository and hosted on GitHub.[7] Over 3000 libraries are currently available for use.[8]


The following Podfile example installs the AFNetworking and CocoaLumberjack libraries:

 platform :ios
 pod 'AFNetworking',    '~> 2.0.0'
 pod 'CocoaLumberjack', '< 1.7'

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