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A `cookiecutter` template for iOS projects
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iOS Template

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A template for new iOS projects at Rightpoint.

Inspired by thoughtbot/ios-template

Quick Start

# Set up Ruby
$ brew install ruby
$ gem install bundler
# Set up Python
$ brew install python3
$ pip3 install cookiecutter
# Run Cookiecutter
$ cookiecutter

Template Output


Pushing updates to this repository triggers CircleCI to build a blank template and push the result to the ios-template-output repository. If the badge above is failing, most likely there is a problem with the inner CircleCI script located in PRODUCTNAME/.circleci/config.yml.

What's in the template?

  • Configures the project name, company name, lead name, an initial local repo, gitignore, and synx.
  • Option to configure Hockey apps automatically.
  • Default Fastfile with test, develop, sprint, beta and release lanes and slack notifications.
  • Configuration for CircleCI with auto-triggered builds for merges to develop or tags prefixed with sprint, beta or release.
  • Danger to automatically enforce conventions on every pull request.
  • APIClient Stub with functional OAuth implementation and APIEndpoint protocol.
  • SwiftGen configured to generate localized strings and image enums.
  • Default swiftlint rules to help enforce code style standards across projects.
  • Default set of Cocoapods including:
    • Anchorage - "A lightweight collection of intuitive operators and utilities that simplify iOS layout code."
    • BonMot - "Beautiful, easy attributed strings in Swift"
    • Swiftilities - Keyboard avoidance guides, lifecycle event code injection, about view, accessibility helpers, color helpers, device size detection, hairline views, logging
    • KeychainAccess - Wrapper for keychain APIs. Used by the Oath implementation to protect credentials
    • OHHTTPStubs - Stub API requests with edge case datasets for unit tests or to fake an endpoint while it is in development.


Regenerating the Template

⚠️ Do not make changes to the {{ cookiecutter.project_name | replace(' ', '') }} directory directly! You must first make your changes in the PRODUCTNAME folder and then run the script.

If you place a cookie cutter expansion in a .pbxproj file, Xcode will no longer open the project file. To simplify managing the Xcode project, I have a more primitive expansion script in that will replace a smaller set of words with cookiecutter variables. In particular, PRODUCTNAME is expanded to {{ cookiecutter.project_name }}. Using this simpler form of expansion allows the project in the PRODUCTNAME directory to continue to work in Xcode, and lets you manage your template just like any other Xcode project.

Every time you make changes to the PRODUCTNAME folder, you must run

$ ./

This script will regenerate the template from scratch, and then verify that it works by running cookiecutter on it, and building/testing the result.

If you are looking to do specific Xcode project modifications, I would recommend using .xcconfig files, and placing any expansion in those files. If you are looking to expand variables outside of the project file, you can use cookie cutters {{ cookiecutter.whatever }} variables directly.

Environmental variable options accepted by

  • VERBOSE=true: Prints more verbose output.
  • SKIP_REGENERATION=true: Does not alter the generated cookiecutter template.
  • SKIP_TESTS=true: Does not perform tests after generating template.
  • KEEP_COOKIECUTTER_OUTPUT=true: Do not delete cookiecutter output after running tests (final output is in ProjectName directory).
  • OUTPUT_DIR: Use a different output directory (default is current directory)

Testing Your Changes

cookiecutter --no-input --overwrite-if-exists ./

After running the script, you can manually run cookiecutter and examine the results in the ProjectName folder.

Configuring the generated project




OAuth Endpoint


Code Coverage

xcov and slather build artifacts are stored on CircleCI with every build and can be accessed within the Artifacts tab of each build. For more information see the PRODUCTNAME/


You can use Codecov automatically as long as the repository's owner is a paid Codecov member (assuming this is a private repo).


To set up Danger on CircleCI you'll need to add a DANGER_GITHUB_API_TOKEN to the test environment. There are two bots already available for Rightpoint: for open source projects use our "OSS" bot, and for closed source projects use the "Private" bot.

Cookie Cutter

Cookie Cutter is a python project for templating files and directories. Cookie cutter will ask a series of questions as defined in cookiecutter.json and then run the expansion on the contained files and directory names, and file contents. Anything with {{ cookiecutter.variable }} is expanded when the template is expanded. This is a powerful primitive but has some complications with Xcode

Post processing

Cookie cutter follows a pattern of expand and prune, where the superset of the template is expanded, and then any specific functionality is pruned in a post in shell script You can also run shell scripts to integrate with web services. The included is a good example of this, and it will create 2 apps on hockey and configure the Fastfile.

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