It’s easy to forget Apple’s contributions to open source amidst the giant’s walled garden. Apple has been contributing to open-source over the last two decades. It has been significant and involved in some of the most popular projects like the Swift Programming language, the WebKit engine, and CareKit, etc.
The tech giant has now released a website that showcases the company’s open-source projects and contributions to the same.
Open source software is at the heart of Apple’s platforms and developer tools. Apple works with developers around the world to create, contribute, and release open source code. Many Apple products and services are built on open source software. Explore some of the projects we lead and contribute to below.
The “Apple projects” section contains all the open-source Apple projects. These include the Swift programming language, WebKit, FoundationDB, ResearchKit, CareKit, and Password Manager Resources.
In addition to that, in the “Community projects” section, we see the projects Apple has contributed to, including Kubernetes, Cassandra, LLVM / Clang, Spark, Netty, and Solr.
Apart from that, clicking on the “Details” button will take you to the about page on the website, where you can look at the project’s website, blog, forum, and, more importantly, the GitHub repository. You can also directly visit the projects’ website by clicking on the “Website” button.
Apple wasn’t a very active contributing company until 2016, when it decided to boost open-source contributions. What are your thoughts about Apple contributing to open source? Do you think it has done an excellent job, or do you think it should emphasize the same? Let us know in the comments section below. Click here to head over to the official Apple open-source website.