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License: MIT License
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platforms GitHub license Language: Swift 5.3 Swift Package Manager compatible

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LicensePlist is a command-line tool that automatically generates a Plist of all your dependencies, including files added manually(specified by YAML config file) or using Carthage or CocoaPods. All these licenses then show up in the Settings app.



App Setting Root License List License Detail
[](Screenshots/root.png) [](Screenshots/list.png) [](Screenshots/detail.png)


SPM(Swift Package Manager) are not supported.

CocoaPods (Recommended)

pod 'LicensePlist'
# Installation path: `${PODS_ROOT}/LicensePlist/license-plist`

Homebrew (Also Recommended)

brew install licenseplist

Mint (Also Recommended)

mint run mono0926/LicensePlist

Download the executable binary from Releases

Download from Releases, then copy to /usr/local/bin/license-plist etc.

Or you can also download the latest binary and install it with a one-liner.

curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mono0926/LicensePlist/master/install.sh | sh

From Source

Clone the master branch of the repository, then run make install.

git clone https://github.com/mono0926/LicensePlist.git
make install


  1. When you are in the directory that contains your Cartfile or Pods, simply execute license-plist.
  2. com.mono0926.LicensePlist.Output directory will be generated.
  3. Move the files in the output directory into your app's Settings.bundle.
├── Root.plist
├── com.mono0926.LicensePlist
│   ├── APIKit.plist
│   ├── Alamofire.plist
│   └── EditDistance.plist
├── com.mono0926.LicensePlist.plist
├── en.lproj
│   └── Root.strings
└── ja.lproj
    └── Root.strings


You can see options by license-plist --help.

  • Default: Cartfile
  • Default: Mintfile
  • Default: Pods
  • Default: Package.swift
  • LicensePlist tries to find YourProjectName.xcodeproj/project.xcworkspace/xcshareddata/swiftpm/Package.resolved and YourProjectName.xcworkspace/xcshareddata/swiftpm/Package.resolved, then uses new one.
  • Support for multiple Package.swift
  • Example: license-plist --package-paths /path/to/package1/Package.swift /path/to/package2/Package.swift
  • Default: "*.xcodeproj"
  • By specifiying the path to the .xcodeproj LicensePlist will attempt to load the Package.resolved from that Xcode project. If you specify somedir/*.xcodeproj then LicensePlist will load from the first xcodeproj it finds in somedir.
  • Default: "*.xcworkspace"
  • By specifying the path to the .xcworkspace LicensePlist will load the Package.resolved from that Xcode workspace. If you specify somedir/*.xcworkspace then LicensePlist will load from the first xcworkspace it finds in somedir.
  • --xcworkspace-path supersedes any provided --xcodeproj-path.
  • Default: com.mono0926.LicensePlist.Output
  • Recommended: --output-path YOUR_PRODUCT_DIR/Settings.bundle
  • Default: None.
  • LicensePlist uses GitHub API, so sometimes API limit errors occur. You can avoid those errors by specifying a GitHub token.
  • You can generate a token here
    • repo scope is needed.
  • You can also pass the GitHub token via the LICENSE_PLIST_GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable.
  • Default: license_plist.yml
  • You can specify GitHub libraries(introduced by hand) and excluded libraries
  • Default: com.mono0926.LicensePlist
  • You can specify output file names instead of default one.
  • Default: None.
  • If this path is specified, a html acknowledgements file will be generated.
  • Default: None.
  • If this path is specified, a markdown acknowledgements file will be generated.
  • Default: false
  • LicensePlist saves latest result summary, so if there are no changes, the program interrupts.
    • In this case, execution time is less than 100ms for the most case, so you can run LicensePlist at Run Script Phase every time 🎉
  • You can run all the way anyway, by using --force flag.
  • Default: false
  • When the library name is SomeLibrary, by adding --add-version-numbers flag, the name will be changed to SomeLibrary (X.Y.Z).
    • X.Y.Z is parsed from CocoaPods and Cartfile information, and GitHub libraries specified at Config YAML also support this flag.
  • Default: false
  • Adds the source of the library to the output if there is one. The source for GitHub and CocoaPods libraries is generated. Manual libraries use the optional source field.
  • Default: false
  • Only when the files are created or updated, the terminal or the finder opens. By adding --suppress-opening-directory flag, this behavior is suppressed.
  • Default: false
  • All licenses are listed on a single page, not separated pages.
  • Default: false
  • If there is even one package for which a license cannot be found, LicensePlist returns exit code 1.
--silence-mode / --verbose
  • By adding the --silence-mode flag, the logger's output will not print.
  • The logger's output will be more detailed than the average log level by adding the --verbose flag.
  • LicencePlist uses the latter option if you simultaneously set the --silence-mode option and the --verbose option.
  • Default: average log level
--no-color / --color
  • The logger's output is printed in monochrome by adding the --no-color flag. If any escape characters in CI/CD log bother you, the --no-color option will help.
  • By adding the --color flag, LicensePlist will always print the logger's output in color.
  • LicencePlist uses the latter option if you simultaneously set the --no-color option and the --color option.
  • If neither option is specified, LicensePlist will look for the NO_COLOR environment variable. If you set the NO_COLOR environment variable to "1", LicensePlist runs without colors.
  • Default: auto - LicensePlist decides its color mode depending on the terminal type.

Integrate into build

Add a Run Script Phase to Build Phases:

if [ $CONFIGURATION = "Debug" ]; then
/usr/local/bin/license-plist --output-path $PRODUCT_NAME/Settings.bundle --github-token YOUR_GITHUB_TOKEN

[Run Script Phase](Screenshots/run_script_phase.png)

Alternatively, if you've installed LicensePlist via CocoaPods the script should look like this:

if [ $CONFIGURATION = "Debug" ]; then
${PODS_ROOT}/LicensePlist/license-plist --output-path $PRODUCT_NAME/Settings.bundle --github-token YOUR_GITHUB_TOKEN


Manual GitHub source

A GitHub source can be explicitly defined to include the license in the scenario where it can't be inferred from your dependency files.

  - owner: mono0926
    name: LicensePlist
    version: 1.2.0

Manual License Body

If you need to include a license that isn't available on GitHub, you can place the license text in the config file to be included in the output. The license text can also be read from a local file, to keep the config file clean.


License body directly in the config file:

  - source: https://webrtc.googlesource.com/src
    name: WebRTC
    version: M61
    body: |-
      Copyright (c) 2011, The WebRTC project authors. All rights reserved.

License body in local file:

  - name: "Dummy License File"
    file: "dummy_license.txt"


Excludes can be defined to exclude matching libraries from the final output. An exclude is a dictionary containing any combination of name, source, owner, or licenseType.

When using the dictionary format:

  • The exclusion rule is only applied if all properties match for a dependency. eg, (name: LicensePlist) AND (owner: mono0926)
  • Any property can be either a string or a regular expression.

Exclude a package by name:

  - name: LicensePlist

Exclude packages using a specific license:

  - licenseType: "Apache 2.0"

Exclude packages using any matching licenses:

  - licenseType: /BSD/

Exclude packages from a specific github owner:

  - owner: mycompany

Exclude packages from a specific github owner containing matching licenses:

  - owner: mycompany
    licenseType: /^(?!.*MIT).*$/ # this regex excludes packages that do NOT use the MIT license

Exclude a package from a specific github owner and repo:

  - owner: mycompany
    name: private-repo


If a library name is unsuitable for the output bundle, you can explicitly rename it. This can be used when a library name is too vague, or if more human-readable names are needed.

  LicensePlist: License Plist # Rename LicensePlist to "License Plist"
  WebRTC: Web RTC # Rename WebRTC to "Web RTC" (which is faulty, but used for test)


How to generate Xcode project?

Execute swift package generate-xcodeproj or make xcode.

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