The Swift Package Index Blog

Keeping Up To Date with Swift Packages

Posted Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

How do you keep up with new releases of the packages you use? How do you discover new packages? It’s a tough challenge to keep up to date with everything that the community releases, so we have some announcements today that can help you stay informed!

Before we get started with the announcements, we want to credit James Sherlock for his invaluable contributions to building the Twitter updates feature. He was instrumental in getting this feature up and running and has been making other improvements in several areas of the site since we launched. Thank you, James!

Updates via Twitter

You may already be following the @SwiftPackages account where we tweet occasional updates about the project. But as of yesterday, we’re also tweeting on the @PackageFirehose account. As you might guess by the name, this is a high volume account that posts every time there’s a new package added to the index, and every time there’s a new release of a package that we track. It’s around 20 tweets a day, if that counts as high volume!

A screenshot of a tweet from the package firehose account.

While we’re on the subject of Twitter, we’d love to know what you’d like to see us do with the @SwiftPackages account. We’ve set up a short survey if you have a couple of minutes. We’d love to hear your opinions.

Updates via RSS

We’ve had RSS support for a while now, but we’ve not talked about it on the blog before, so it’s worth mentioning. If you’d prefer to keep up to date via a feed reader, or if you want fine-grained control over what type of package updates you’d like to be notified of then subscribe to one of our RSS feeds:

One advantage that these feeds have over Twitter is that they can be filtered with query string parameters. The package releases feed accepts four parameters; major, minor, patch, and pre. Pass true to any of these parameters to filter the feed on that part of the semantic version number. So, you can subscribe to only major package release, or major and minor package releases combined, or if you only want to know about pre-release versions, you can find those here. Use any permutation of the parameters to get exactly the feed that you want.

We hope you find both of these mechanisms for keeping up to date useful!

The Swift Package Index is a search engine for Swift packages with one goal. To help you make better decisions about dependencies. For more information, the best place to start is with the Frequently Asked Questions.