This is UpdateAvailableKit: a super easy way to check if the installed app has an update available. It is built with simplicity and customisability in mind and comes with pre-written tests.


UpdateAvailableKit is available via Swift Package Manager. To add UpdateAvailableKit simply add this repo’s URL to your project’s package file. You can choose to use one of the stable releases (tagged) or you can point your package file to the main branch of this project. Although, I would not merge broken code into the main branch, if you prefer stability, it’s recommended to use a tagged version.



UpdateAvailableKit operates using a singleton class named UpdateAvailableManager. This class contains two publicly exposed methods. The important driver is this method:

public func checkForVersionUpdate(
    with bundleID: String = Bundle.main.bundleIdentifier,
    currentVersion: String = Bundle.main.releaseVersionNumber,
    useCache: Bool = true,
    completion: @escaping((Result<UpdateAvailableResult, Error>) -> Void)

checkForVersionUpdate is self describing. It checks the current version that’s installed on the device and compares it to the version that’s live on the AppStore. It returns a Swift Result where Success is UpdateAvailableResult and failure is a generic Error for now.

The function accepts a few parameters. Most of them have a default value attached to them but can be overridden when necessary.

  • bundleID: Pass a Bundle Identifier here. It defaults to your target’s Bundle.main.bundleIdentifer value.
  • currentVersion: Pass the current version of your app in a String format (XX.XX.XX). This, again, defaults to the current version of the app using values from Bundle.main.
  • useCache: Flag to decide if the completion handler returns values from a cached response or a newly fetched result from iTunes. More about Caching in UpdateAvailableKit towards the end of this file.

Use it in your projects like this

UpdateAvailableManager.shared.checkForVersionUpdate { result in
    switch result {
    case .success(let result):
        switch result {
        case .updateAvailable(let newVersion):
            print("Update Available. New Verison is \(newVersion)")
        case .noUpdatesAvailable:
            print("No updates available")
    case .failure(let error):
        print("Error did Occur. Error was \(error)")


UpdateAvailableResult is an enum conforming to Equtable with two cases:

case updateAvailable(newVersion: String)

This case will be returned by the checkForVersionUpdate method’s completion handler when there’s a new version available. The associated value is the latest AppStore version in String type.

case noUpdatesAvailable

This case will be returned when the current installed version is equal to or greater than the AppStore version.

Async Alternative

UpdateAvailableKit support Swift’s new concurrency features. If you’re using iOS 15 and above, you can choose to use the async await alternative. Thanks to Rudrank Riyam for this contribution.

switch try await UpdateAvailableManager.shared.checkForVersionUpdate() {
case .updateAvailable(let newVersion):
    print("New Version is available. \(newVersion)")
case .noUpdatesAvailable:
    print("No updates available")


To fetch the current AppStore version, UpdateAvailableKit performs a GET request to the ITunesLookup end point. The URL is https://itunes.apple.com/lookup?bundleID=yourBundleID. The response is then cached for 3600 seconds so as to not make repeated calls to the API and to trigger the completion super fast.? The response is encoded and stored in UserDefaults. No external cache solution is used. In the future, I’d like to move it to a solution based on SwiftCache.

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Contributions are always welcome. Please follow the following convention if you’re contributing:

  • NameOfFile: Changes Made
  • One commit per feature
  • For issue fixes: #IssueNumber NameOfFile: ChangesMade


This project is licensed under the MIT License – see the LICENSE file for details


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