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SPX is the new name of Swish

The open-source scripting tool for Swift will have a new name! The name of related tool “Sh” will not change. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. Motivation
  2. Timeline
  3. Changes
  4. Current state of Swish and Sh
  5. Request for sponsors


Here are the three reasons that motivate this change.

Self-evident “NPX for Swift” is how I had been introducing Swish, so why not just use the name “spx” to clarify that association? “SPM” is named closely to “NPM”. Further, the “shell” portion of “SWIft SHell” is not as relevant any more. Swish is powering all kinds of scripting now, not just shell scripting.

Visually distinct When glancing over a tutorial, “swift” and “swish” are too easy to mix up. Also, I’ve personally mixed them up while typing commands on the command-line. “SPX” and “Swift” offer visual distinction.

More broadly appealing There already is a Homebrew package named “swish”. Swish is a fun name, a cute name even, but we need it to change to attract more folks.


The first step is to publish this so that folks know what to expect. The changes to the core repos have completed. GitHub maintains redirects to renamed repos for a certain amount of time.


Here are all the changes planned.

Command line changes

Instead of typing swish, the command-line tool is now spx

GitHub repos

Homebrew commands

brew tap fullqueuedeveloper/swish
brew install swish

is now

brew tap fullqueuedeveloper/fullqueuedeveloper
brew install spx

If Swish was already installed, untap that first.

brew untap fullqueuedeveloper/swish

File structure

Instead of the ./Swish directory being the default place that Swish looks for scripts, SPX will now look in the ./SPX directory.

Current state

Since first publishing Swish and Sh, the ecosystem has grown quite a bit.

Passwords and other secrets are easily fetched from 1Password using Sh1Password which leverages the op command-line tool. Local Postgres databases are easily created and destroyed using ShLocalPostgres. I’ve used Swish & Sh to create the animated GIFs for my Twitch and Discord (by leveraging ffmpeg and inkscape command-line tools). And of course, standard iOS build actions like pushing builds to the App Store, capturing screenshots, and creating app icons as exemplified in OpenBytes’s iOS app template repo.

Request for sponsors

If SPX (f.k.a. Swish) & Sh have helped you out, please consider sponsoring me on GitHub. Thank you to my current GitHub sponsors, 0xLeif!

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