25 Useful Tools for iOS Software Developers

As a software developer or marketer of iOS apps we rely on our tools to help build our products and save us time.  Below are 25 useful tools for building iOS apps.


Name Description
ack A tool like grep, optimized for programmers
Affinity Designer Professional Graphic Design Software for the Mac.
Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available.
AppCode Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development
AppWage Sales manager for downloading iTunes connect sales reports, reviews and rankings.
Audacity Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds
CocoaPods Mac App for editing Podfiles
Cyberduck Libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser
Delete Contacts+  Mass delete iOS contacts in Address Book.  Useful when testing apps that use the address book
DreamShot The Screenshot Shortcut
Eclipse IDE for Java and more
Fastlane Build and release automation
iExplorer Finder for your iOS device
iMovie Edit your app previews
Phabricator Open source, software development platform.  (I like the diffs the best)
Postman  API explorer app for Google Chrome
QuickTime Record your app preview videos
ScreenFlow 7  Telestream ScreenFlow is a professional tool to record and edit App Preview videos or marketing videos featuring your app.
SimPholders  Easily open the iOS Simulator directory
Simulator Status Magic Modify the iOS Simulator so that it has a perfect status bar, then run your app and take perfect screenshots every time
Sketch Professional digital design for Mac
SourceTree Git & Mercurial client
SQLite Professional Sql and coredata manager/editor.
Textmate Text editor
Tunnelblick OpenVPN
QuickBooks Self-Employed Accounting and Taxes for indie’s
Xcode Objective-C and Swift IDE


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