Secure and reliable software update framework for Cocoa developers.
This branch is the production ready, battle-tested version of Sparkle used by thousands of Mac apps.
The upcoming Sparkle 2 (currently in beta) can be found in the 2.x branch.
- Seamless. There's no mention of Sparkle; your icons and app name are used.
- Secure. Updates are verified using EdDSA signatures and Apple Code Signing.
- Fast. Supports delta updates which only patch files that have changed.
- Easy to install. Sparkle requires no code in your app, and only needs static files on a web server.
- Supports bundles, preference panes, plugins, and other non-.app software. Can install .pkg files for more complicated products.
- Handles permissions, quarantine and automatically asks for authentication if needed.
- Uses RSS-based appcasts for release information. Appcasts are a de-facto standard supported by 3rd party update-tracking programs and websites.
- Stays hidden until second launch for better first impressions.
- Truly self-updating — the user can choose to automatically download and install all updates in the background.
- Ability to mark updates as critical.
- Progress and status notifications for the host app.
- Runtime: macOS 10.7 or greater
- Build: Xcode 9 and 10.11 SDK or greater (Xcode 12 if using Swift Package Manager)
- HTTPS server for serving updates (see App Transport Security)
- No sandboxing. Sparkle 1.x can't update sandboxed apps. However, Sparkle 2.x can.
See getting started guide. No code is necessary, but a bit of Xcode configuration is required.
This repository uses git submodules, and will not build unless you clone recursively. Also, GitHub-provided ZIP/tar archives are broken due to GitHub not supporting git submodules properly.
git clone --recursive https://github.com/sparkle-project/Sparkle
Please check Console.app. Sparkle prints detailed information there about all problems it encounters. It often also suggests solutions to the problems, so please read Sparkle's log messages carefully.
generate_appcasttool which creates appcast files, correct signatures, and delta updates automatically.
Delete your app's preferences (in
~/Library/Preferences/<your bundle id>) if you've set another feed URL programmatically via Sparkle's Objective-C interface.
Sparkle is built with
-fvisibility=hidden -fvisibility-inlines-hidden which means no symbols are exported by default.
If you are adding a symbol to the public API you must decorate the declaration with the
SU_EXPORT macro (grep the source code for examples).
Building the distribution package
cd to the root of the Sparkle source tree and run
make release. Sparkle-VERSION.tar.bz2 will be created in a temporary directory and revealed in Finder after the build has completed.
Alternatively, build the Distribution scheme in the Xcode UI.
Code of Conduct
We pledge to have an open and welcoming environment. See our Code of Conduct.