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The Swift example app


The Swift example app teaches the very basics of how to work with Contentful:

  • consume content from the Contentful Delivery and Preview APIs
  • model content
  • edit content through the Contentful web app

The app demonstrates how decoupling content from its presentation enables greater flexibility and facilitates shipping higher quality software more quickly.

Screenshot of the example app

You can see a hosted version of The Swift example app on the App Store.

What is Contentful?

Contentful provides a content infrastructure for digital teams to power content in websites, apps, and devices. Unlike a CMS, Contentful was built to integrate with the modern software stack. It offers a central hub for structured content, powerful management and delivery APIs, and a customizable web app that enable developers and content creators to ship digital products faster.


  • Xcode 9
  • Git
  • Contentful CLI (only for write access)
  • Ruby

Without any changes, this app is connected to a Contentful space with read-only access. To experience the full end-to-end Contentful experience, you need to connect the app to a Contentful space with read and write access. This enables you to see how content editing in the Contentful web app works and how content changes propagate to this app.

Common setup

Clone the repo and install the dependencies.

git clone
bundle install
bundle exec pod install

Steps for read-only access

Open the-example-app.swift.xcworkspace in Xcode and run the app on a simulator or device.

Steps for read and write access (recommended)

Step 1: Install the Contentful CLI

Step 2: Login to Contentful through the CLI. It will help you to create a free account if you don't have one already.

contentful login

Step 3: Create a new space

contentful space create --name 'My space for the example app'

Step 4: Seed the new space with the content model. Replace the SPACE_ID with the id returned from the create command executed in step 3

contentful space seed -s '<SPACE_ID>' -t the-example-app

Step 5: Head to the Contentful web app's API section and grab SPACE_ID, DELIVERY_ACCESS_TOKEN, PREVIEW_ACCESS_TOKEN.

Step 6: Open variables.xcconfig and inject your credentials so it looks like this


Step 7: Open the-example-app.swift.xcworkspace in Xcode and run the app on a simulator or device. Navigate to settings and enable editorial features and then take a look around the app.

Enabling editorial features will reveal which pieces of content are drafts or pending changes in your Contentful space.

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