How to run your apps locally and remotely in IBM Cloud Tools for Swift

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Disclaimer: IBM Cloud Tools for Swift (ICT) is no longer supported. Check out IBM Cloud App Service to take advantage of the same features of ICT in a more comprehensive experience for building Cloud Native applications in any programming language.

IBM Cloud Tools for Swift (ICT) is a tool for Mac users to deploy, manage and monitor applications on Bluemix. It’s part of a larger initiative at IBM to bring Swift to the Server.

ICT Version 1.2 and later makes it much easier and quicker for users to test their apps. Users can change their client app (front-end code) to point locally or remotely. To take advantage of this feature, an app must contain a plist file with the correct configurations.

Steps for configuration:

    1. Open Finder and navigate to your app’s directory. Once there, create a ‘Configuration’ directory inside your app directory.


    1. Open Xcode and select File -> New -> File… When the dialog opens, select ‘Resource’ under OS X. Then select ‘Property List’.


    1. Click ‘Next’. Rename the Property List to ‘bluemix.plist’ then place the new Property List in your newly created ‘Configuration’ directory inside your app’s directory.


    1. Click ‘Create’. Inside the newly created bluemix.plist, create three keys:’isLocal’ (boolean), ‘appRouteLocal’ (String) and ‘appRouteRemote’ (String).
      Fill in ‘appRouteLocal’ and ‘appRouteRemote’ with the Values you want them to be.


    1. Changing the “Connected to:” selector within ICT will toggle ‘isLocal’ to be ‘NO’ or ‘YES’. You can also change these from the ‘bluemix.plist’ file, which will be shown in the IBM for Cloud Tools dashboard.When ‘isLocal’ = YES, ‘appRouteLocal’ is used as the client target.
      When ‘isLocal’ = NO, ‘appRouteRemote’ is used.




If you haven’t already done so, download the latest version of IBM Cloud Tools for Swift. If you would like to submit feedback to our team, please complete our survey. If you have any issues with the app, submit questions on dW Answers. To learn more about Swift@IBM, visit our website.

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