What is pods CocoaPods

By onjsdev

Dec 11th, 2023

In iOS development, "pods" typically refers to CocoaPods, which is a dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. It allows developers to easily manage and integrate third-party libraries and frameworks into their projects.

Here's a breakdown of what CocoaPods is and how it helps in iOS development:

What is it?

  • A free and open-source dependency manager for iOS development.
  • Provides a central repository of over 98,000 libraries and frameworks.
  • Simplifies code management by keeping track of dependencies and ensuring they are up-to-date.
  • Automates the process of integrating libraries and frameworks into your project.


  • Saves development time: Eliminates the need to manually download and manage each library.
  • Improves code organization: Keeps your project clean and organized by separating code from dependencies.
  • Ensures consistency: Guarantees that everyone working on the project is using the same versions of libraries.
  • Makes it easier to share code: Allows you to share your project with others without worrying about them needing to set up dependencies.

How does it work?

  • Developers define the libraries they want to use in a file called a Podfile.
  • CocoaPods then fetches the libraries from the central repository and integrates them into your project.
  • You can manage your pods using the pod command in the terminal.


In conclusion, if you are familiar with nodejs, CocoaPods in iOS development is similar to npm in NodeJS. Both are package managers.

Thank you for reading.