The Swift language implementation of gRPC.

What's New

gRPC Swift 1.23.0


SemVer Minor

SemVer Patch

  • Remove GRPCLogger (#1853)
  • Bump version number to 1.23.0 (#1863)

Other Changes

  • Update formatting script (#1845)
  • Update release GitHub workflow action (#1847, #1848)

CI Latest Version sswg:graduated|104x20

gRPC Swift

This repository contains a gRPC Swift API and code generator.

It is intended for use with Apple's SwiftProtobuf support for Protocol Buffers. Both projects contain code generation plugins for protoc, Google's Protocol Buffer compiler, and both contain libraries of supporting code that is needed to build and run the generated code.

APIs and generated code is provided for both gRPC clients and servers, and can be built either with Xcode or the Swift Package Manager. Support is provided for all four gRPC API styles (Unary, Server Streaming, Client Streaming, and Bidirectional Streaming) and connections can be made either over secure (TLS) or insecure channels.


gRPC Swift has recently been rewritten on top of SwiftNIO as opposed to the core library provided by the gRPC project.

Version Implementation Branch protoc Plugin Support
1.x SwiftNIO main protoc-gen-grpc-swift Actively developed and supported
0.x gRPC C library cgrpc protoc-gen-swiftgrpc No longer developed; security fixes only

The remainder of this README refers to the 1.x version of gRPC Swift.

Supported Platforms

gRPC Swift's platform support is identical to the platform support of Swift NIO.

The earliest supported version of Swift for gRPC Swift releases are as follows:

gRPC Swift Version Earliest Swift Version
1.0.0 ..< 1.8.0 5.2
1.8.0 ..< 1.11.0 5.4
1.11.0..< 1.16.0. 5.5
1.16.0..< 1.20.0 5.6
1.20.0..< 1.22.0 5.7
1.22.0... 5.8

Versions of clients and services which are use Swift's Concurrency support are available from gRPC Swift 1.8.0 and require Swift 5.6 and newer.

Getting gRPC Swift

There are two parts to gRPC Swift: the gRPC library and an API code generator.

Getting the gRPC library

Swift Package Manager

The Swift Package Manager is the preferred way to get gRPC Swift. Simply add the package dependency to your Package.swift:

dependencies: [
  .package(url: "", from: "1.21.0")

...and depend on "GRPC" in the necessary targets:

  name: ...,
  dependencies: [.product(name: "GRPC", package: "grpc-swift")]

Getting the protoc Plugins

Binary releases of protoc, the Protocol Buffer Compiler, are available on GitHub.

To build the plugins, run:

  • swift build -c release --product protoc-gen-swift to build the protoc plugin which generates Protocol Buffer support code, and
  • swift build -c release --product protoc-gen-grpc-swift to build the protoc plugin which generates gRPC interface code.

To install these plugins, just copy the two executables (protoc-gen-swift and protoc-gen-grpc-swift) from the build directory (.build/release) into a directory that is part of your PATH environment variable. Alternatively the full path to the plugins can be specified when using protoc.

Using the Swift Package Manager plugin

You can also use the Swift Package Manager build plugin to generate messages and gRPC code at build time rather than using protoc to generate them ahead of time. Using this method Swift Package Manager takes care of building protoc-gen-swift and protoc-gen-grpc-swift for you.

One important distinction between using the Swift Package Manager build plugin and generating the code ahead of time is that the build plugin has an implicit dependency on protoc. It's therefore unsuitable for libraries as they can't guarantee that end users will have protoc available at compile time.

You can find more documentation about the Swift Package Manager build plugin in Using the Swift Package Manager plugin.


gRPC Swift has a number of tutorials and examples available. They are split across two directories:

  • /Sources/Examples contains examples which do not require additional dependencies and may be built using the Swift Package Manager.
  • /Examples contains examples which rely on external dependencies or may not be built by the Swift Package Manager (such as an iOS app).

Some of the examples are accompanied by tutorials, including:

  • A quick start guide for creating and running your first gRPC service.
  • A basic tutorial covering the creation and implementation of a gRPC service using all four call types as well as the code required to setup and run a server and make calls to it using a generated client.
  • An interceptors tutorial covering how to create and use interceptors with gRPC Swift.


The docs directory contains documentation, including:


Benchmarks for grpc-swift are in a separate Swift Package in the Performance/Benchmarks subfolder of this repository. They use the package-benchmark plugin. Benchmarks depends on the jemalloc memory allocation library, which is used by package-benchmark to capture memory allocation statistics. An installation guide can be found in the Getting Started article of package-benchmark. Afterwards you can run the benchmarks from CLI by going to the Performance/Benchmarks subfolder (e.g. cd Performance/Benchmarks) and invoking:

swift package benchmark

Profiling benchmarks or building the benchmarks in release mode in Xcode with jemalloc is currently not supported and requires disabling jemalloc. Make sure Xcode is closed and then open it from the CLI with the BENCHMARK_DISABLE_JEMALLOC=true environment variable set e.g.:


For more information please refer to swift package benchmark --help or the documentation of package-benchmark.


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gRPC Swift is released under the same license as gRPC, repeated in LICENSE.


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