Native iOS and MacOS Swift wrapper for Geth (Go Ethereum)
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Swifthereum is a native Swift framework that provides access to the Go Ethereum framework in a Swift-friendly way. Swifthereum makes it easy and fast to develop native dApps on iOS and MacOS.


Swifthereum supports the following Ethereum interfaces:

  • Web3 Interface

    The default interface will either connect to a local Geth instance over HTTP or a service like Infura over HTTPS.

  • IPC

    Not supported yet.

  • Mobile Geth API (Experimental. iOS only)

    Swifthereum wraps the Mobile Geth framework into a Swift friendly framework. Mobile Geth is only available for iOS, not for MacOS. Mobile Geth runs a Ethereum light node on the iOS device and will need to sync with the Ethereum network to work.

    Mobile Geth is highly experimental and the current version is not Swift friendly. It is not recommended to use the Geth API in products. Instead, use the Web3 interface.

Common Features

Swifthereum includes support for ERC-20 tokens and provides a download option to download a list of the latest tokens.


iOS and Mac examples can be found in the Examples directory.


  • iOS 9 and later (QRCodeScanner example requires iOS 11)
  • MacOS 10.10 and later (coming soon)
  • Swift 4.0 and later

Swifthereum Web3 Installation

The Swifthereum Web3 framework is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod 'Swifthereum'

Swifthereum Mobile Geth Installation

The experimental Geth API framework does not support Cocoapods, as the current Geth framework is a static framework and therefore cannot be used as a Cocoapods dependency. To use the Geth API, add Geth to your podfile and then manually copy the Swifthereum Geth files to your project. This issue is tracked as Geth issue #15272.

pod 'Geth'


Basics (Deprecated)

Start an Ethereum node as part of the main network and synchronize with the Ethereum network:

do {
	let node = try Node(networkID: .main)
	try node.start()
	let client = try node.ethereumClient()
} catch {
	// Handle error

A node on the Rinkeby test network can be easily created by invoking let node = try Node(networkID: .rinkeby).

The balance of an address can easily be queried, formatted and displayed as either ETH, WEI, GWEI and any of the other standard Ethereum units.

do {
	let address = try Address(hex:"0x548429264DAcf79e7c96aC00D3d12760922d4c31")
	let balance = try client.balance(for: address)
	print("Balance: \(balance) WEI")
} catch {
	// Handle errors

Balances can easily be formatted for printing:

print("\(balance.formattedBalance(.ether, decimals: 6)) ETH")
print("\(balance.formattedBalance(.gwei)) GWEI")
print("\(balance.formattedBalance(.szabo)) MICRO")
print("\(balance.formattedBalance(.micro)) MICRO")

The latest list of ERC-20 tokens can be fetched using the following code.

ERC20Token.fetchTokens { tokens, error in
	guard let tokens = tokens, let kinToken = tokens.filter { $0.symbol == "KIN" }.first else {
		// Handle error
	do {
		let kinBalance = try Address(hex:"0x548429264DAcf79e7c96aC00D3d12760922d4c31")
		let balance = try client.balance(for: address, token: kinToken)
		print("Balance: \(balance.formattedBalance()) KIN")
	} catch {
		// Handle error

Known Limitations Mobile Geth API

Swifthereum was developed as part of Indisputable Lab's entry for the Consensys BSIC hackathon. The current version is a pre-release and should not be used in production.

  • Swifthereum has not been thouroughly tested.
  • The Swifthereum API will change radically. A major refactoring of the code is planned.
  • As of Geth 1.7.1, Geth passes variables as implicitly unwrapped optionals (e.g. GethAddress!) by default. Swifthereum does not check for nil pointers and will crash if Geth passes a nil pointer as an implicitly unwrapped optional, which can happen. This issue is tracked as Geth issue #15240.
  • The Geth API is not fully implemented yet.
  • Some GETH methods sometimes seem to block the main thread for a few seconds. One possibility is to refactor all Swifthereum calls as asynchronous. This would also open up the possibility of using Web3 with the same interface for use with for example (Infura)[]. Feedback is welcome.


Swifthereum uses the BigInt framework to store int256 variables such as balances.


Thank you for your interest in the project. We appreciate contributions.

Make sure to read our guides first:

  • Code of Conduct (TODO)

  • Contribution Guidelines (TODO)

Authors and Contributors

Swifthereum is an initiative by Indisputable Labs and designed, written and maintained by:


Swifthereum is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.