Private Pods

CocoaPods is a great tool not only for adding open source code to your project, but also for sharing components across projects. You can use a private Spec Repo to do this.

There are a few steps to getting a private pods setup for your project; creating a private repository for them, letting CocoaPods know where to find it and adding the podspecs to the repository.

<1. Create a Private Spec Repo

To work with your collection of private pods, we suggest creating your own Spec repo. This should be in a location that is accessible to all who will use the repo.

You do not need to fork the CocoaPods/Specs Master repo. Make sure that everyone on your team has access to this repo, but it does not need to be public.

<2. Add your Private Spec Repo to your CocoaPods installation

$ pod repo add REPO_NAME SOURCE_URL

To check if your installation is successful and ready to go:

$ cd ~/.cocoapods/repos/REPO_NAME
$ pod repo lint .

<3. Add your Pod's Podspec to your repo

Make sure you've tagged and versioned your source appropriately, then run:

$ pod repo push REPO_NAME SPEC_NAME.podspec

This will run pod spec lint, and take care of all the little details for setting up the spec in your private repo.

The structure of your repo should mirror this:

├── Specs
    └── [SPEC_NAME]
        └── [VERSION]
            └── [SPEC_NAME].podspec

<That's it!

Your private Pod is ready to be used in a Podfile. You can use the spec repository with the source directive in your Podfile as shown in the following example:


<An Example

<1. Create a Private Spec Repo

Create a repo on your server. This can be achieved on Github or on your own server as follows

$ cd /opt/git
$ mkdir Specs.git
$ cd Specs.git
$ git init --bare

(The rest of this example uses the repo at

<2. Add your repo to your CocoaPods installation

Using the URL of your repo on your server, add your repo using

$ pod repo add artsy-specs

Check your installation is successful and ready to go:

$ cd ~/.cocoapods/repos/artsy-specs
$ pod repo lint .

<3. Add your Podspec to your repo

Create your Podspec

cd ~/Desktop
touch Artsy+OSSUIFonts.podspec

Artsy+OSSUIFonts.podspec should be opened in the text editor of your choice. Typical contents are do |s|             = "Artsy+OSSUIFonts"
  s.version          = "1.1.1"
  s.summary          = "The open source fonts for Artsy apps + UIFont categories."
  s.homepage         = ""
  s.license          = 'Code is MIT, then custom font licenses.'           = { "Orta" => "[email protected]" }
  s.source           = { :git => "", :tag => s.version }
  s.social_media_url = ''

  s.platform     = :ios, '7.0'
  s.requires_arc = true

  s.source_files = 'Pod/Classes'
  s.resources = 'Pod/Assets/*'

  s.frameworks = 'UIKit', 'CoreText'
  s.module_name = 'Artsy_UIFonts'

Save your Podspec and add to the repo

pod repo push artsy-specs ~/Desktop/Artsy+OSSUIFonts.podspec

Assuming your Podspec validates, it will be added to the repo. The repo will now look like this

├── Specs
    └── Artsy+OSSUIFonts
        └── 1.1.1
            └── Artsy+OSSUIFonts.podspec

See this Podfile for an example of how the repo URL is included

<How to remove a Private Repo

pod repo remove [name]

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