100 Great Resources for iOS Developers

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ashli Norton of Joppar.

The iOS app market has grown tremendously since it’s inception just a few years ago. Because of the platform’s popularity, there’s a vast amount of resources available for anyone interested in the development process.

Whether you need help marketing your iOS app in the App Store or a way to design a beautiful iOS app yourself, you better believe there’s some tool, book, or community out there to help you do just that.

I’ve put together a list of 100 services, communities, tools, and more that can help anyone involved with developing iOS apps or even thinking about making them.

Almost anything you need to do to create or manage an app for the platform can be handled with these helpful resources.



  1. Iubenda – Mobile app privacy policy
  2. Content – Content management system for native iOS apps
  3. Unbabel – App Localization
  4. Switch – Toggle your app features off and on in real-time
  5. Heatmaps – iOS heatmaps
  6. Bitbucket – Private code repositories
  7. Media Toolkit – Monitors mentions of your app
  8. Alau.me – Like bit.ly for apps
  9. Ap Salar – Data driven mobile ad platform
  10. Google – Mobile backend

Support and Communities

  1. iOS Developers Group – iOS Google+ community
  2. iOS Meetup Groups – Get together with like-minded people.
  3. iOS Development Quora – iOS Development Quora group
  4. iOS Stackoverflow – iOS Stackoverflow group
  5. iPhone Developer Forum – iOS Dev Forums
  6. iOS Programming – iOS Reddit group
  7. Cocoa Lit – List of Cocoa tutorials
  8. NS Screencast – iOS development screencasts
  9. iOS Developer Tips – Tips and tutorials for iOS Developers
  10. Clarity.fm – Call an expert for iOS help

Blogs and Newsletters

  1. iOS Biz Weekly – Round up of best iOS dev links
  2. Cocoa With Love – Blog on everything Cocoa
  3. Objc.io – Best practices and advanced Objective-C techniques
  4. iOS blog – Objective C tutorials
  5. Cocoa Is My Girlfriend – Blog with Cocoa tips
  6. My App Venture – iOS app business blog
  7. Subfurther – Dev blog with a digital media take
  8. Big Nerd Rank – Blog with lots of code walkthroughs
  9. iPhone Development – Deep iOS tutorials
  10. Carbon Five Blog – Beginner to advanced Cocoa iOS tuts


  1. App Bot – Monitor app store reviews
  2. Tokens – Generate and track IOS promo codes
  3. Press Friendly – Find press interested in talking about your app
  4. Appsfire – Get your app discovered
  5. Free App A Day – The best paid apps for free daily
  6. Surikate – Generate traffic onto mobile apps
  7. AppBounty – Play & Get Paid
  8. Promo Dispenser – Give gift cards for reviewing your app
  9. Strikingly – Easy beautiful one page app websites
  10. Envato Marketplace – Buy resources for your app

Testing and Security

  1. Lookback – iOS user testing
  2. Switchboard – iOS A/B testing.
  3. Keen IO – Mobile app analytics
  4. Charles – Proxy monitoring
  5. Reveal – Beautiful iOS debugging
  6. Shake Report – Bug reports from users
  7. Bee – iOS issue tracking
  8. Crittercism – Stop worrying and start building. Mobile app performance monitoring
  9. Raygun – iOS app error tracking
  10. Mobile Security – iOS development security guide for beginners

Libraries and Open Source

  1. VC Transitions – Easy iOS transitions
  2. CS Sticky – UI collection view animations
  3. Blurry Modal – Popup screen for iOS apps
  4. Canvas – Easy iOS animations
  5. NGA Parallax – No code iOS parallax motion
  6. TP Keyboard – Library to prevent keyboard from blocking screen
  7. TTAttributed Label – makes UIlabel links clickable
  8. Binpress – Objective C Open Source Projects
  9. SS Toolkit – Libraries for gradients, collection view, and more


  1. App Design Vault – App Design Templates
  2. Acorn – Image Editing
  3. Pttrns.com – iOS UI inspiration
  4. Icons and Coffee – iOS icons
  5. Ivo Mynttinen – iOS design cheatsheet
  6. Protoshare – Wireframe and mockup
  7. Designing Mobile Apps – Book that teaches iOS app design
  8. Prepo – Preview iOS artwork.
  9. Promotee – iOS app product shots
  10. SIP – samples and encodes any color on screen


  1. XC Pretty – Xcode formatter
  2. Wasted – Make iOS packages smaller
  3. Xcode Statistician – Analyses your Xcode project for bloat
  4. Alcatraz – iOS package manager
  5. Podlife – iOS to manage your project’s dependencies
  6. Cocoacats – Resource for Cocoa categories
  7. Cocoa Controls – Open source Cocoa components
  8. Sprite Builder – Game development suite for rapidly building iOS games
  9. iTerm – xcode alternative
  10. Git Tower – Git Mac client

iOS Dev Business Resources

  1. Email Finder – Helps you find the emails of reporters to cover your app
  2. ASO Professional – Teaches you about ASO
  3. Appviz – iOS App Store data
  4. The Business Of iPhone Development – Book that helps you from idea to launch
  5. Review Times – Apple App Store review times
  6. My App Venture – Business of the App Store
  7. Luke W – Mobile app business blog
  8. Sky Rocket – Monetize any ad service
  9. From Idea to App – Creating iOS UI, animations, and gestures
  10. App Empire: Make Money – Book to help you make money from your iOS app


  1. App Release Checklist – iOS app checklist
  2. Hey Focus – Helps you focus on a task
  3. Objective Cloud – Objective C in the cloud
  4. Thermal – Core data editor
  5. Big Papoo – Replacement for installing Adhoc apps
  6. Tweriod – Tells you the best time to tweet
  7. Helpscout – Handle email support for users
  8. Hipmob – In-app live chat
  9. Flat Mobile App Design in Photoshop CC – Design flat apps easier.
  10. AppThwack – Automated Testing for Apps

So what are your favorites from the list? What do you think is missing from the list? Let me know in the comments.

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