As you may have noticed I like to keep a list on this site of open source ios apps.
Earlier I received a submission of the url to an open source iPhone app that updates on what is happening at the US congress in real time, and provides access to data about members of the US Congress.
You can find the source code for the newer native version here:
The source code for the previous Phonegap version can be found here:
You can find the app on iTunes here.
I’ll be adding it to the list of open source apps soon.
It’s been another very active week for the site, and I appreciate everyone sharing the resources from this site. It really keeps things going. The community is getting more active, and there were so many great resources shared in the last week.
These are the top resources shared in the past week:
Latest edition here: iOS Development Resources
Tutorials: How To Create Great Looking iOS Apps Even If You Are A Design Noob – An excellent set of tutorials and guides from an app design expert for those without a design background looking to design a great looking and user friendly app.
Open Source: Libraries For Custom Status Bar Notifications And UIBarButtonItems – Open source project enabling customizable status bar notifications, overlays, and UIBarButtonItem’s similar to the Reeder, Evernote, and Google Maps apps.
Open Source: Generate Objective-C iOS App Code Using A Simple Domain Specific Language – An open source project that generates app source code from a very brief domain specific language.
iOS Beginner Screencasts – Xcode And Objective-C From The Start – A set of high quality screencasts for those who are absolute beginners to Xcode and Objective-C.
Open Source: Library With A Massive Number Of Useful UIKit Interface Enhancements – A very useful, and rapidly growing library of useful user interface enhancements.
Example Source Code: Face Detection And Augmented Reality – Source code from an upcoming book demonstrating face detection, and location based augmented reality.
Tutorial: How To Build An iOS Chat App Using Cocoa Classes – A step-by-step guide demonstrating how to use Cocoa networking classes such as NSUrl by creating a simple chat application.
Tutorial: Detailed Adwhirl Cocos2D Guide – A newly updated guide for those having difficulty integrating Adwhirl and Cocos2D.
Open Source: Beautiful App Sales Tracking Tool MyAppSales – A newly open sourced app with a beautiful interface, and extensive historical statistics for those looking to track app sales data.
Building An iOS App With Sencha Touch And Phonegap From The Start – A step-by-step guide starting at the absolute beginning for those looking to build an application with Phonegap and Sencha Touch.
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A few weeks ago I posted a short video similar to this one:
UPDATE: Tutorial Has been posted!
I’ve been asked since then when I would come out with the tutorial. I was finally able to get around to completing the source file, and I’ve added line by line (well pretty close) comments in plain english to make it easier to follow.
The above video utilizes the exact source code from this tutorial running in the iPhone simulator.
Following the suggestions of a friend of mine who is just starting to learn this I’ve used as few methods as possible, and made extensive use of autorelease objects to make the flow easier to follow for beginners.
The tutorial features:
- Loading/Placing Images
- Touch Events
- Sound Effects
- Background Music
- Resetting The Game
Coming up next week I will be posting a more comprehensive tutorial, but I am posting the source code now. If you look through this code and the comments you should be able to grasp what is going on, and I hope that the upcoming tutorial will fill in the gaps. Be sure to come back next week when the full tutorial is posted!
I recreated this from scratch using Sparrow Framework and Objective-C because in my findings it was easiest to follow for a beginner looking to create an action game.
Things could change a little as I haven’t really looked through it myself.. just quickly coded it and wrote line by line comments. If you open it up, and are wondering which files to look at to understand things go to the Game.h and Game.m files.. the app delegate files were created automatically with the Sparrow project and I didn’t comment those.
Update! I have modified the project to remove an error that occurred on some systems due to a recursive search being done in the project for already included files. Please re-download if you encountered this problem.
You can download the source with music/sound effects here:
Graphics are included so the example will run but are slightly different because I am using graphics similar to those in the video in my own game.
As far as licensing goes feel free to use this in your own apps, and if you do send me a message or post a comment about it, and I’ll mention it on this site. You may not use any portion of this project in your own tutorials, books, etc. (and definitely don’t submit it to a site buying tutorials.. you know who you are!) without permission.
Please be sure to check back next week when the entire tutorial is posted which will give you a much better idea of how to extend/use this source code and utilize the Sparrow Framework.
If you have any questions as to why I did something or have any suggestions for the tutorial then please post them below — it will help to make the final tutorial better.
Also, if you could share this post that would be great too and help motivate me to make more!
Let’s face it.. getting app downloads is tough. There are over 200,000 apps out there, and it is very easy for an app to fade into obscurity.
Even free apps can suffer from this, you really have to get the word out there, and there are many different approaches.
One approach that has worked for one developer was to take their app, and release the source code. With so many people interested in iPhone development the app was able to go from 40 to about 1000 downloads in a day.
The source code will be added to the Open Source iPhone App Store Apps listing.
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Welcome to the sixth iteration of the open source iPhone and iPad apps list for those seeking app source code. For those that have seen similar listings on other sites using the exact wordings, and links below welcome to the source for the original list. Also included are some open source iPad apps, and universal open source iOS apps.
It can be tough to learn how to develop, especially when it comes to finding complete examples. That’s why I put this list together. Each of these open source iPhone apps is not just open source, but has been in the app store, and all but one are in there right now. So if you’re looking for an example of some real apps here they are.
Last Update: 4/28/2016
The Open Source iPhone Apps List
Here is the open source iphone app list in alphabetical order:
81. ViralFire – Unique game where you are a dodging blood cell. (source code)
These are apps that are no longer in the app store for which source code is available:
93. 2012 Olympics – App displaying timetable for 2012 Olympic events. (source code)
94. Aeropack – A steampunk themed retro-platform game created using GameSalad. (source code)
95. Alphabet Blocks – An educational toy featuring letter blocks created with using Cocos2D.. (source code)
96. Clearis – Cocos2D based puzzle game. (source code)
97. Cryptose – A cryptogram puzzle game made with the Marmalade (formerly Airplay) SDK. (source code)
98. Fosdem– Calendar app for the Fosdem open source conference. (source code)
99. NowPlaying – Allows you to check local theater listings, and check rotten tomato ratings. (source code)
100. PocketFlix – Find movies, and manage your Netflix information. (source code)
101. Prey – Anti-theft tracker featuring on-demand and push notification activation. (source code)
102. reMail – E-mail client featuring ultra-fast search. Removed from app store, but source made available. (source code)
103. RobotFindsKitten – Port of a very silly “classic” ASCII game. (source code)
104. Sci-15 HPCalc – Calculator app based on classic scientific HP-Calculator. (source code)
105. Scratch – A viewer allowing you to run applications made with MIT’s scratch project. (source code)
107. Star3Map – Augmented reality star and planet charting application. (source code)
108. Teh Internets – A silly side scrolling game that makes fun of many internet memes created using Cocos2D. (source code)
109. Tilt Monster – iPhone game written with the Corona SDK that reached top 25 in the app store. (source code)
110. Tux Rider – iPhone port of the extremely popular, and beautiful 3D Tux Racer game. (source code)
Check them out if you are working on something similar or think they might have a feature you could use there’s no reason to re-invent the wheel. Always make sure you understand the licenses as many of these open source iPhone apps are GPL and require that you open source your app.
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Know Any Other Open Source iPhone Apps?
If you’ve found or have released an app that you would like added to the open source iphone apps list then please mention it in the comments.
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