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WordPress for iOS

Build Instructions

Please refer to the sections below for more detailed information. The instructions assume the work is performed from a command line inside the repository.

Getting Started

  1. Download and install Xcode. Refer to the .xcode-version file for the minimum required version.
  2. Clone this repository in the folder of your preference.

Create API Credentials

  1. Create a account at (if you don't already have one).
  2. Create an application at
  3. Set Website URL to any valid host, Redirect URLs to https://localhost, and Type to Native.
  4. Click "Create" then "Update".
  5. Copy the Client ID and Client Secret from the OAuth Information.

Configure Your WordPress App Development Environment

  1. Check that your local version of Ruby matches the one in .ruby-version. We recommend installing a tool like rbenv so your system will always use the version defined in that file. Once installed, simply run rbenv install in the repo to match the version.
  2. Return to the command line and run rake init:oss to configure your computer and WordPress app to be able to run and login to
  3. Once completed, run rake xcode to open the project in Xcode.

If all went well you can now compile to your iOS device or simulator, and log into the WordPress app.

Note: You can only log in with the account that you used to create the WordPress application.

Configuration Details

The steps above will help you configure the WordPress app to run and compile. But you may sometimes need to update or re-run specific parts of the initial setup (like updating the dependencies.) To see how to do that, please check out the steps below.

Third party tools

We use a few tools to help with development. Running rake dependencies will configure or update them for you.


WordPress for iOS uses CocoaPods to manage third party libraries. Third party libraries and resources managed by CocoaPods will be installed by the rake dependencies command above.


We use SwiftLint to enforce a common style for Swift code. The app should build and work without it, but if you plan to write code, you are encouraged to install it. No commit should have lint warnings or errors.

You can set up a Git pre-commit hook to run SwiftLint automatically when committing by running:

rake git:install_hooks

This is the recommended way to include SwiftLint in your workflow, as it catches lint issues locally before your code makes its way to Github.

Alternately, a SwiftLint scheme is exposed within the project; Xcode will show a warning if you don't have SwiftLint installed.

Finally, you can also run SwiftLint manually from the command line with:

rake lint

If your code has any style violations, you can try to automatically correct them by running:

rake lint:autocorrect

Otherwise you have to fix them manually.

Open Xcode

Launch the workspace by running the following from the command line:

rake xcode

This will ensure any dependencies are ready before launching Xcode.

You can also open the project by double clicking on WordPress.xcworkspace file, or launching Xcode and choose File > Open and browse to WordPress.xcworkspace.

Setup Credentials

In order to login to with the app you need to create an account over at the Developer Portal.

After you create an account you can create an application on the applications manager.

When creating your application, you should select "Native client" for the application type. The "Website URL", "Redirect URLs", and "Javascript Origins" fields are required but not used for the mobile apps. Just use https://localhost.

Your new application will have an associated client ID and a client secret key. These are used to authenticate the API calls made by your application.

Next, run the command rake credentials:setup you will be prompted for your Client ID and your Client Secret. Once added you will be able to log into the WordPress app

Remember the only account you will be able to login in with is the one used to create your client ID and client secret.

Read more about OAuth2 and the REST endpoint.


Read our Contributing Guide to learn about reporting issues, contributing code, and more ways to contribute.


If you happen to find a security vulnerability, we would appreciate you letting us know at and allowing us to respond before disclosing the issue publicly.

Getting in Touch

If you have questions about getting setup or just want to say hi, join the WordPress Slack and drop a message on the #mobile channel.



WordPress for iOS is an Open Source project covered by the GNU General Public License version 2.