Is is possible to code using Swift on OS X Mavericks? I found the manual on iBooks but that's as far as I can get right now.

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    James, I'm going to make some minor edits to this so it doesn't mention pre-release OS X versions but stays true to what you're asking to do. – Ian C. Jun 2 '14 at 20:56
  • Not only can you, you probably should. If your job is to write code, depending on a beta OS and a beta IDE might be more instability than what you propose here. – bmike Jun 6 '14 at 15:51

To code using Swift you'll need Xcode 6.

Xcode 6 beta is compatible with Mavericks 10.9.3 and upwards so yes it is possible to write Swift code in Mavericks!

NB: As of July 11, Xcode 6 beta is available freely on Apple's website.

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  • no sir. it was a friends suggestion hence am tryng to clairfy :D – Harsha M V Jun 22 '14 at 14:58
  • Note that as of July 11, Apple is allowing downloads of the Xcode beta for free; no requirements other than an email address and EULA agreement. – Paul Jul 26 '14 at 14:24
  • @HarshaMV please provide reference – MeV May 11 '15 at 14:37
  • @MaRco85 this was in the first release. not any more. u can now. – Harsha M V May 12 '15 at 7:04
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    @MaRco85 deleted the comment – Harsha M V May 14 '15 at 15:20

You can write iOS apps with Swift in Xcode 6 Beta. Go to the Apple Dev center to get the newest Xcode. I would keep my stable version of Xcode installed as the beta may be a little buggy, but it will get you started till a stable version gets release which will probably this fall.

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Currently the only way to use Xcode for Swift programming is through the Beta version of Xcode 6. However, in order to download the Beta you must join (or be a member of) the iOS Developer Program or the Mac Developer Program.

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The final XCode 6 has released and is available in the App Store. (to be precise, I'm talking about Version 6.0.1 (6A317)).
I was surprised to see that (in contrast to XCode 6 beta) it does support Swift only for iOS! (Look at this screenshot, this is what I see when trying to create a Swift playground; also, Swift can be choosed as a language for iOS project, but not for OS X project)

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