Resources for Learning Mac Development

I’ve seen a lot of questions from people on Reddit and Slack looking for resources on Mac development in Swift. Compared to iOS development there are relatively few resources for learning to write Mac apps in Swift. I’ve collected what I found and am sharing with you.


The book Hacking with macOS is the most current book on Mac development. It teaches Mac development by building 18 projects.

I wrote an introductory book on Mac development, Swift Dev Journal’s Intro to Cocoa. The book walks you through the creation of a complete Mac app using AppKit, Swift, and storyboards.

The book Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X is the only other Mac programming book I see people recommend online. The book uses Swift 1.2 so a lot of the code is not going to compile with recent versions of Swift and Xcode. If you can work around that limitation, the book does do a good job of introducing Mac development with Cocoa.

Websites has the largest collection of modern tutorials on Mac development. They stopped making Mac tutorials so some tutorials may be slightly out of date.

AppCoda has several Mac programming tutorials.

The site you’re currently reading has a small but growing collection of articles on Mac development.

If you prefer videos, Lucas Derraugh has a YouTube channel with videos on Mac development.

Swift Programming for macOS has a collection of SwiftUI examples for making Mac apps.

Extelligent Cocoa has a collection of Mac development tutorials.

The Back to the Mac conference has presentations on Mac development, including a presentation on making a Mac app in SwiftUI.

TrozWare has articles on making SwiftUI Mac apps.

The Lost Moa blog has a collection of SwiftUI articles, some of which cover Mac development.

Places to Ask Questions

Slack Workspaces

The following workspaces on Slack are places where people talk about Mac development:

  • AppKit Abusers is the most active Slack room for Mac development.
  • Hacking with Swift has a Mac development room.
  • CocoaHeads doesn’t get a lot of Mac development discussion, but the workspace covers both iOS and Mac development.

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