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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 11 or later, including iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Air or later, or iPad Pro

What’s New

Version 2.2

• Third-party content is easy to discover and download for free directly within the app
• Touch gestures for selecting code are more precise and easier to use
• What's Next is smarter about suggesting new playgrounds for you to try
• On-screen keyboard shows and hides more predictably
• Additional bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
131 Ratings
131 Ratings
micman1000 ,

Fun but Could be better.. esp for compete beginners!

This app is a great concept.. but it needs to decide if it is a true keyword entry set up... as per the still brilliant ZX Spectrum language... or if they want you to type the commands in with all the fiddly little parentheses in the right places... which on a touchscreen system with no mouse is extra, extra tedious.... especially when you are nesting commands. In fact it is now well over 30 years since basic programming was successfully introduced to the masses and I am really surprised how poor the interface for this supposed 'state of the art high level?' language really is. Developers... can we have an 'if else' keyword entry please as per the other commands... I presume it is due to a bug that it does not appear in the keyword list...

People having to learn this with no previous experience are going to give up when they have to type this command in and cannot figure out why it will not run as they have a { missing or positioned in the wrong nesting context. This impediment to easy learning is very very poor for a supposed modern high level language.

However I am hoping we will finally get to the point where I can actually do some useful programming with it... all in all 7/10 when it could so easily have been a 9.

Aidenx ,

Music Plays When App Is Not In Use

Sometimes I’ll come home and the music from the app will be playing. I’ll unlock my iPad and the app won’t be open, though if I use the app switcher to find the app it appears to be running when it should be frozen. I tried to use my Apple ID to log into the bug reporter, but it says my account does not exist, even though I get a 2-factor authentication notification prompt.

Jordiet ,

Always wanted to learn and this is perfect!

Done about half the lessons, feel like this is exactly what I always needed as a great guide for beginners who want to dip their toes on the coding world.

Thank you.

Only one downside... I can already foresee I'm going to need more lessons, I wouldn't even mind paying for it if they were to become available?


Apple Distribution International
273.6 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 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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