Plain Swift


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Plain Swift install Microsoft Visual Studio?

Some Microsoft Visual Studio components are required for the Swift Compiler. Plain Swift only installs the required minimum components of Visual Studio:

Component Visual Studio ID
MSVC v143 - VS 2022 C++ x64/x86 build tools (Latest) Microsoft.VisualStudio.Component.VC.Tools.x86.x64
Windows 11 SDK (10.0.22621.0) Microsoft.VisualStudio.Component.Windows11SDK.22621

Plain Swift installs Windows 11 SDK. Can I use it under Windows 10?

Yes. The Windows App SDK provides a unified set of APIs and tools that are decoupled from the OS. These APIs and tools can be used in a consistent way by any desktop app on Windows 11 and downlevel to Windows 10, version 1809.

What version of Swift Compiler is installed by the Plain Swift installer?

Swift 5.9, as of Plain Swift 1.9.1.

Does Plain Swift use the Swift Package Manager?

No. Plain Swift uses the Swift Compiler (swiftc.exe) for compilation. Though you can see the Package.swift file in your project folder, it is considered a temporary helper file, required only for Language Server (sourcekit-lsp.exe) to work. Language Server provides inline code suggestions.

Can I modify the Package.swift file in my project?

No. Plain Swift does not use the Swift Package Manager, and your modifications won't work. See previous question.

Why doesn't Plain Swift use the Swift Package Manager?

There are several reasons: